Denture Care Tips
Making sure dentures are properly cared for is important for the health of your mouth and your overall wellbeing. Here are some tips for taking the best care of dentures.
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be brushed daily. Rinse your dentures before you brush to remove any food particles. Do not use regular toothpaste (especially whitening toothpaste) since it is abrasive and can scratch your dentures, causing unhealthy build-up and residue. Make sure you use a soft brush that is meant for dentures to also avoid scratches. Rinse dentures between each meal to remove food particles.
Even with full dentures, it’s important to take care of your mouth and gums to promote oral health. Brush your tongue, the top of your mouth and the inside of your cheeks daily. This will help remove any plaque and keep the circulation moving in your mouth.
As mentioned above, do not use regular toothpaste. You may also use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Bleach may change the color of your dentures and corrode any metal on your dentures, so avoid using bleach. Look for products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as they have been tested and proven effective for denture cleaning.
To avoid your dentures losing their proper shape to your mouth, make sure they are kept moist when you are not wearing. The best place to store them when not in use is in denture soaking solution or water. Avoid hot water, which may also distort their proper shape.
If you need to use adhesives, make sure you ask your dentist for recommendations and use products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance for reliable and most effective products. Adhesives come in several forms including creams, powders, pads, strips and liquids. Read instructions carefully to use the correct way. You may have to try a few products to see which fits your needs best.
Even though you do not have your natural teeth, it is still important to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can test the fit of your dentures and make any needed adjustments and also professionally clean your dentures. You also need to have the overall health of your mouth checked regularly.
Your dentures may feel strange at first but your mouth will get used to them. Do not worry about minor irritation at first or even a little soreness. This is normal and so is increased saliva. If the problem continues, contact your dentist.
Dentures help you keep your appearance after losing your teeth. With proper care, you can keep your smile and function as if you never lost your teeth. They will bear resemblance to your old teeth if you keep them clean so no one may ever know that they are dentures!