Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Barotz Dental | August 21, 2023
Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Having dentures can improve the quality of your life. They can restore your appetite and let you speak and smile with confidence. But proper care and maintenance ensure longevity and optimal denture performance. 



Clean Your Dentures Daily 


Like natural teeth, dentures need regular cleaning. It helps remove food particles, bacteria, and stains. You clean them by taking them out and rinsing them under running water. 


Doing so helps remove any loose debris or food residue. Brush your dentures gently using a soft-bristle toothbrush or denture brush. Avoid using regular toothpaste as it can be too abrasive and damage their surface. 


Instead, use a mild soap or denture cleaner recommended by your dentist. Soak them overnight to keep them moist and prevent them from warping. Ensure you also follow the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate soaking time.



Handle Dentures With Care 


Handling your dentures with care is vital to prevent accidental damage. Place a towel on the counter when removing or inserting them. It will cushion the impact if the dentures accidentally slip from your hands.


Refrain from using toothpicks or other sharp objects to clean your dentures. Use a denture case filled with water or denture-soaking solution to prevent them from drying out or warping.



Maintain Oral Hygiene 


Taking care of your dentures goes hand in hand with maintaining good oral hygiene. Brush your gums and tongue before wearing them in the morning and after removing them at night. Doing this helps remove plaque and stimulates blood circulation. 


Rinse your mouth after meals. After eating, remove and rinse your dentures, and then rinse your mouth with water to clear away any food debris. The practice helps prevent gum irritation and bad breath.


Schedule regular dental checks to maintain oral hygiene even if you have dentures. Your dentist can examine your mouth, ensure they fit, and make necessary adjustments.



Avoid Damaging Habits 


Be mindful of some habits that can harm your dentures and oral health. Do not use them as tools—to open bottles or bite into overly sticky foods. These actions can cause denture fractures or misalignments. Avoid abrasive cleaning agents. Harsh cleaners, bleach, or abrasive toothpaste can damage the surface of your dentures. Stick to mild cleaning agents formulated for dentures.



Replacement and Maintenance 


Dentures will eventually require replacement or maintenance. Over time, they can wear down, lose fit, or become discolored. Consult your dentist if you experience frequent breakages or difficulties chewing. You should also seek professional help if you notice significant changes in their fit or appearance. Your dentist will help determine if a replacement is necessary.


Regular denture checkups with your dentist are vital. They can help evaluate the condition of your dentures and any potential issues. They will also recommend necessary repairs or adjustments.


Avoid DIY repairs if your dentures need some type of repair. Doing this can lead to further damage or an ill-fitting denture. Instead, consult your dentist for professional help.


For more tips on caring for your dentures, visit Barotz Dental at our office in Denver, Colorado. Call (720) 573-1500 to book an appointment today.