Denture Care

How to Properly Care for Your Dentures

Dentures are a great way to completely restore form and function to your teeth. However, just as any other regular tooth they must be taken care of if you want them to last.

Our dentists at Mint Dentistry would like to provide their expert advice on how to best take care of your dentures.

Denture Care 101 – Best Tips for Long-Lasting Dentures

1. Always rinse off after eating – it’s hard to stay on top of this, but if you maintain consistency by thoroughly rinsing your dentures off with water (not too hot!) then you’ll never be caught with embarrassing food particles or debris stuck within.

2. Cleaning your mouth – when your dentures are removed from your mouth, take that time to give the roof of your mouth, your tongue, and inside of your cheeks a nice cleaning using a soft-bristled brush and gentle strokes.

3. Daily brushing – just like you would with normal teeth, your dentures should receive daily care in the form of proper brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Spend about 2 minutes cleaning them with your toothbrush.

4. Soak overnight – soaking your dentures overnight using a non-abrasive denture cleaner (which can be purchased at your local drugstore) will go a long way in keeping your dentures clean. If you’re confused, follow the manufacturer’s advice or call your dentist for help in selecting the right denture cleaner.

5. Rinse them off before placing them back in – after soaking your dentures in any cleaning solution, always remember to rinse them off before placing them back in to avoid the intake of harmful chemicals.

6. Don’t skip on dental checkups – dental checkups are important in order to have your dentures properly fitting at all times to avoid discomfort. Loose dentures can cause irritation and infection and should always be addressed immediately.

Denture Care – What to Avoid

Hot Water – attempting to clean your dentures using hot water could cause them to warp and render them unable to fit in your mouth.

Specific cleaning materials – you should never wash or scrub your dentures with any solution that may be abrasive. This includes toothbrush bristles that are worn out and stiff, as well as strong cleaning solutions or toothpastes, especially whitening toothpastes.

Bleach – you should never attempt to clean your dentures with any products that contain bleach. This can weaken your dentures and cause them to change color.

Chlorine – you should never attempt to soak the metal attachments of your dentures in any solution containing chlorine. This could corrode the metal and force you to seek replacement.

If you have any further questions regarding dentures that was not covered on this page, then please call our cosmetic dentists in Woodland Hills @ 818-716-0297 for assistance.

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