Drawing of a hand cleaning dentures with a special denture brush

How to Care for Dentures

December 30, 2021 8:37 pm

Dentures are an excellent tooth-replacement option for many patients, but taking care of them is different from taking care of natural teeth. It’s important to learn how to properly take care of your dentures so that they will look and feel great and last for as long as possible.

Cleaning Dentures

To clean their dentures, patients will need to use a soft-bristled denture toothbrush that is separate from the brush used to clean any remaining natural teeth. Normal toothpaste, however, is designed for cleaning natural teeth and not dentures. Patients who have full or partial dentures can purchase special denture cleaner or use dish soap to clean their oral appliance. Dentures should always be removed from the mouth to be brushed and then rinsed thoroughly with water before being placed back in the mouth.

Drawing of dentures soaking in a denture cleaner overnight

Soaking Dentures

Soaking dentures in a denture solution or a retainer cleaner serves several purposes. For starters, denture solutions kill even more bacteria than just brushing alone. Additionally, because your mouth tends to dry out at night, soaking your dentures while you sleep will keep them moist. This is essential for maintaining their custom shape. It’s also a good idea to give your gums a rest by taking your dentures out while sleeping. Therefore, soaking your dentures will help them to feel more comfortable and clean, while maintaining their longevity.

Keep Your Gums Healthy!

In addition to keeping dentures clean and ensuring they remain moist, you should also focus on maintaining good gum health. Having healthy gums will make wearing your dentures more comfortable. Brush and floss any natural teeth you have every day; drink plenty of water; avoid tobacco products; consume a balanced diet; and visit Your Community Smiles for routine checkups.

Contact our team today with any questions about how to care for your dentures! We’d be delighted to hear from you.

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