The process of getting dentures can be exciting as you restore a complete smile following tooth loss. However, it also comes with an adjustment period as you get used to the fit of the dentures and figure out a maintenance routine for the new appliances. Here are some tips from a dentist for taking care of your dentures so that you can be more prepared about that aspect of your restored smile.
For starters, you should remove your dentures once a day to brush them. Use a soft-bristled brush and a special denture cleanser. Regular toothpaste may be too abrasive and could damage the appliance. Make sure that you clean the appliance thoroughly, especially if you use denture adhesive, to remove all of that adhesive.
You should also brush your gums using a soft toothbrush. This is another safeguard against the accumulation of bacteria that can cause inflammation in gum tissue. Run the toothbrush along with your tongue and give attention to other areas like the inside of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth, as well.
You should also remove and rinse your dentures with water after each meal. Handle them with care, as they can break if you drop them. You may want to fill the sink with water or lay down a towel so that the dentures will have a softer landing if you do happen to drop them.
We recommend that you soak your dentures overnight, which will help to keep them moist while they are outside of your mouth. Your dentist can give you specific guidance on this, such as whether to use a denture soaking solution. You should also rinse your dentures before re-inserting them in the morning.
Even if you have dentures, you still need to see your dentist for regular checkups. This will increase the likelihood that any oral diseases that you may develop can be identified earlier when they can be treated less invasively.
Would you like more detailed information about how to care for your new dentures? Call us to speak to one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members to get the answers to any questions you may have.