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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
September 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Dentures   Denture Care  

Five Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and this eyebrow-raising statistic is only Denture Care expected to grow over the next two decades. If you’re part of this statistic then you probably have already gotten dentures. Dentures are a wonderful way to restore your smile’s function and physical appeal.

Whether you have partial or complete dentures, you probably remember the first time you got them—how much easier it was to enjoy meals again and to speak to friends and family. However, it’s important to properly care for your dentures so they can continue to take care of you. Here are some tried-and-true tips for maintaining your new dentures.

Clean your dentures daily

You should treat your dentures just like regular teeth. This means brushing and flossing everyday to remove any food and plaque that can build up throughout the day. Only use soft-bristled brushes, as hard bristles can wear down dentures faster. Also be gentle when brushing so you don’t damage any attachments. Don’t forget—be sure to rinse after every meal.

Handle dentures delicately

Even the most minor drop can result in broken dentures. No one wants to make an emergency visit to their dentist if they can help it. So, whenever you handle your dentures, we recommend doing so over a thick towel or in a sink that's full of water. That way, if you do drop your dentures, there will be something soften to cushion the fall.

Use proper cleaners

Many household cleaners and toothpastes are too rough on dentures, which can shorten their longevity. Any product that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance is a safe bet for cleaning your dentures. We also have found ultrasonic cleaners to be gentle enough on dentures but tough enough on food particles. However, this cleaning system should be used in conjunction with daily brushing, not as an alternative.

Don’t let them dry out

When you aren’t wearing your dentures, they can dry out fast. You don’t want this to happen! Ensure that they stay moist by placing them in a denture solution or in water. However, if your dentures have metal attachments, cleaning solutions could tarnish them. If you have any questions about how to keep your dentures healthy when you aren’t wearing them, we can recommend the best method of caring for your new dentures at your next visit.

Remove your dentures nightly

Your gums need to rest, too! If you have removable dentures, it’s important that you take them out every night to give your mouth a much-needed break.

If you follow these helpful tips, your dentures could last between five to seven years before you need to replace them. If you have any questions about your new dentures or it’s time to schedule your next dental appointment, call us at (909) 987-0040.

Do you have any helpful advice to share with us about maintaining your dentures? Have certain toothpastes and products worked better for you? Please share with us what you know!

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