You’ve just received your new pair of dentures. You have a bright, functioning smile again- but even though your dentures look and act like normal teeth when you are wearing them, keeping them clean and functional requires a little bit more than brushing and flossing. Several issues can arise if you don’t take care of your dentures properly. Following these tips for maintaining your dentures, along with the advice of your dentist, can help you keep your dentures working for a longer period.
Brush your gums, tongue, roof of your mouth, and cheeks to remove plaque and food debris. This can help you avoid oral irritation or bad breath by keeping bacteria from building up between your mouth and dentures.
When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in water to keep them from warping.
Before brushing, rinse off any loose food or debris that may be on your dentures. Afterwards, use a soft bristle toothbrush with a non-abrasive cleanser and gently brush your dentures to avoid scratching or otherwise damaging them.
Whether your dentures have become damaged, don’t fit as well as they used to, or if any questions arise, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist for assistance. Your dentist can recommend appropriate adhesives and cleansers that work for you and your dentures. Be sure to also schedule regular checkups and cleanings to keep you and your dentures bright, healthy, and happy.