If you wear dentures, knowing how to best care for and maintain them is important. Review the following 7 tips for denture care to help you keep them looking, fitting and feeling just right.
Before you remove your dentures, consider filling the sink with water so that they will not break if you accidentally drop them. Or place a soft, folded towel over the counter top to cushion any slippage.
Remove your dentures every night and leave them out while you sleep. This allows your gums to rest from the pressure of your dentures so your tissues stay healthy.
Inspect your gums for pressure points or signs of irritation. Gently brush your gums and tongue to remove food particles and help keep your mouth and breath fresh.
Clean your dentures daily using warm water, a soft-bristled denture brush and denture paste that won’t scratch fine porcelain or acrylic. Before you begin, moisten the dentures and brush, then gently clean all surfaces of your denture, especially the areas that directly contact your gums. This will help prevent infection and gum irritation. When done, rinse well and soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution as directed. Cleaning your dentures every day will ensure they maintain their best appearance, as well as prevent the buildup of plaque and odor.
After soaking, rinse in warm running water and place in a container of clean water overnight. Any time you are not wearing your dentures, keep them moist to prevent them from drying out and losing their fit. Be sure you place them where they will not be knocked over and broken (or found by a curious dog and chewed!).
Avoid adjusting your dentures yourself. Call your dental professional if you notice a change in fit or discover a needed repair. If your dentures have metal attachments, be sure to discuss specific care with your dentist. Rely on your dentist for any questions or advice you may need regarding dentures or your overall oral care.
Schedule a yearly appointment with your dentist. At New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry you’ll benefit from an annual exam of your gum tissues and mouth, an evaluation of your denture fit and any minor adjustments as well as a complimentary ultrasonic denture cleaning to brighten and freshen your dentures.
By following these 7 tips for denture care, you can help keep your mouth healthy and your dentures in their best shape. We’ll be glad to help if you have any questions, or visit the Denture Center on our website for more information. At NHCCD, we’ve been specialists in denture care since 1990.