How to Take Care of Dentures

Caring for Dentures Is Easier Than You Think

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Dentures, whether partial or full, require regular, proper care to keep them clean and free from stains and bacteria. Proper care can keep both your dentures and your mouth in good shape. These helpful tips explain the correct way to clean, handle, and store your dentures.

How to Clean Dentures

Remove and rinse dentures after meals. If you can't always clean your dentures after every meal, be sure to rinse and brush them at least once a day with a denture cleanser, mild dish soap or liquid hand soap to remove plaque, food and other particles.

If you use a denture adhesive, clean any left over adhesive off of your gums. Don't use a denture cleanser to do this. Brush your natural teeth and clean your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Soak dentures in solution overnight. Your dentist and your brand of solution may have their own recommendations, so follow instructions.

Some things you should never use to clean dentures include:

  • Abrasive cleaning items. Stiff-bristled brushes and harsh cleansers and toothpastes are way too abrasive and can seriously damage dentures.
  • Whitening toothpaste. Toothpastes with whitening properties can be really abrasive. Don't use them to clean dentures.
  • Products with bleach. Bleach weakens dentures and changes their color. Solutions that contain can also tarnish the metal fixtures in dentures with metal attachments.
  • Hot water. In addition to sterilizing your dentures, hot water could warp them.

    Handling Dentures

    Before putting dentures back in, rinse them thoroughly, especially if you use a cleansing solution. If ingested, the solution's harmful chemicals can cause vomiting, pain, or burns. Dentures are very delicate and can break easily if they are dropped. When handling your dentures, always hold them over a soft towel or fill your sink up with water.

    Where to Store Dentures

    Dentures can become warped if they dry out or are placed in hot water. When you are not wearing them, your dentures should always be kept in room temperature water - not hot - or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.

    Never wrap your dentures in a paper towel. They could easily be mistaken for trash and thrown away. Store smart by keeping your dentures far out of reach from kids and pets. Kids love to play with dentures and dogs love to chew them up.

    Maintain Good Oral Health

    Schedule regular visits to the dentist to have your mouth and dentures examined and cleaned. If your dentures ever feel loose, see your dentist immediately. Loose dentures can cause sores, irritation and infection.

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