You’ve made the investment, and now you’re loving the way your new dentures look. They fit and feel better than you ever imagined, and you just wish you’d taken the step sooner!
But now you’re at the point where you have to start developing the habits that will keep your dentures looking great and fitting well for many years. Some of the steps below are standard and based on good old common sense. Others may not be as obvious if this is your first experience with dentures.
Brush Your Dentures Every Day
Your dentures are just like your natural teeth! They need to be brushed and rinsed every day to remove food and plaque buildup. Start by purchasing a toothbrush that is specifically designed for dentures. These brushes are strong enough to remove stains, but are gentle on your dentures and will not damage or wear them down. Brush your dentures in the morning and in the evening, but also rinse them after every meal.
Use a Cleaner Made for Dentures
Always use a gentle cleaner made specifically for dentures. A safe choice is any product that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. You can also use mild dishwashing or hand soap. But be sure not to use bleach or any other abrasive cleaner.
Soak Your Dentures Overnight
Any time you remove your dentures, you will want to keep them moist so that they retain their shape and do not dry out. When going to bed at night, soak your dentures in a small dish with warm water. You can also add your denture cleanser and allow your dentures to clean overnight.
Always Handle With Care
Dropping your dentures can crack the plate or even cause a tooth to become damaged. Handle carefully while cleaning and protect your dentures by holding them over a sink full of water, a bowl, or counter with a soft towel underneath.
Don’t Forget Your Mouth!
Taking care of your mouth is just as important as taking care of your new dentures. Keep your mouth healthy and germ-free by brushing your gums to remove plaque. Take the extra time to massage your gums with your toothbrush to stimulate circulation and healthy activity.
Long-Term Denture Care
After you receive your new dentures, you will continue to come in to our Gasport dental office for visits every six months. We will give your teeth a professional cleaning and examine your mouth to be sure your gums are healthy.
Your comfort is of primary importance, so don’t hesitate to call if you ever have questions or concerns about fit. Please be sure to contact us right away if you experience any cracks, breaks or chips in your dentures. We will make arrangements to have the damage repaired as quickly as possible.
Protect this investment in your smile by following these simple steps, and you’ll get many years of use from your beautiful new dentures!