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caring for dentures

Man holding a glass containing old dentures.

To ensure the longevity of your dentures and maintain the health of your mouth, follow these guidelines to properly care for your dentures.

First, you want to ensure that you always handle your dentures with care. Rough handling of dentures can alter their fit, so always be careful not to bend the plastic or metal clasps on your dentures when inserting, removing, or cleaning them.

Just as you would brush your natural teeth every day, you should rinse and brush your dentures daily. Maintaining good daily brushing habits keeps dentures clean of food and bacteria, and prevents permanent stains. It is good practice to put a towel down or partially fill your sink with water when preparing to clean your dentures.

This offers an added layer of protection against damage in case you accidentally drop the dentures while cleaning. To properly clean your dentures, you must first remove the dentures from your mouth. Rinse the dentures to clean them of any food particles, also taking care to remove any remaining denture adhesive, then proceed with brushing them.

It is advisable to clean using a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser. When choosing a cleanser, look out for products with the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance. Make sure to avoid hard-bristled brushes and abrasive cleansers, such as toothpaste, as these can cause scratches.

On top of daily brushing, dentures should be rinsed after every meal to wash away food particles and avoid buildup throughout the day.

When not wearing your dentures, they must be kept moist to avoid drying out and warping. You can soak dentures in a denture-specific soaking solution, or just water; however, it is best to consult your dentist regarding which solution is best for your particular dentures.
Bear in mind when soaking dentures to avoid hot water, which can warp dentures, and bleach solutions, which can cause discoloration.

When getting ready to insert your dentures, it is important to prep your mouth by brushing gums, palate, tongue, and cheeks with a soft-bristled brush. It is also essential to rinse dentures well before replacing in your mouth since some denture solutions can contain chemicals that may act as an irritant.

Finally, see your dentist regularly, especially if you are having problems with slipping or discomfort. This may be a sign that your dentures need to be relined or replaced. Note that denture adhesives should not serve as a solution for ill-fitting dentures, but solely as an extra securement measure for properly-fitted dentures.

Follow these guidelines and you will be on your way to keeping your dentures looking great!