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Caring for your dentures is important at all times, whether you’ve had dentures for years or will soon be fitted for a set. To help you achieve oral health success, the dentists in Gainesville at Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry share four tips to keep your dentures in tip-top shape.
Dentures need to be cleaned daily to prevent the build-up of and aid in the removal of existing food residue, plaque, and tartar, same as natural teeth. Twice a day, Use a brush specifically designed for dentures with soft bristles with an approved denture cleaner and lukewarm water and rinse between brushings, such as after each meal. While there are many appropriate cleaners available, some styles and types should always be avoided, including:
The crux of taking good care of dentures is to always be gentle and kind. Though they may appear sturdy, they’re quite fragile, so when handling or removing dentures from your mouth, stand over a folded towel or water-filled sink. If the dentures fall, the towel or water provides a buffer.
Taking your dentures out before going to sleep allows your gums to rest, and it’s an opportune time to leave them in a soaking solution. This can be a solution provided by your dentist or purchased from a store, or plain water. The key is to keep them moist and to prevent drying which leads to cracking and changes in fit.
Denture wearers shouldn’t neglect their overall oral health. Scheduling regular checkups with your dentist gives the dentist the chance to examine the dentures and your mouth to make sure everything fits appropriately. Loose dentures are a common cause of gum irritation and infection.
Yes, but only use denture-approved products. Acrylic is a common material used to make dentures but is susceptible to developing stains due to its high porosity. This is why it’s important to verify the cleaning products you’re using won’t remove the overall color and/or damage the dentures.
Generally, no. Even non-whitening toothpaste is considered too abrasive and shouldn’t be used. If you have a question about what to use to clean dentures, call Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry.
Yes. If you use dish soap, make sure it’s a mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap and is used with a soft-bristle toothbrush and warm water. Thoroughly rinse the dentures after cleaning to remove any soap residue before putting them back into your mouth.
No. Each set of dentures is custom-fit to your mouth and its specific shape. Using store-bought liners doesn’t take these nuances into account and can injure your mouth and/or damage the dentures.