Caring for Your Dentures

caring for your dentures 300x200.jpgDentures can restore your smile and give your self-confidence a pleasant boost. They also have many benefits when it comes to minimally invasive care and upkeep. To keep them looking and feeling their best, be sure to keep up with good denture care.

How To Clean Your Dentures

After you eat, take your dentures out to rinse them. This can remove loose particles and food debris. Your dentures should be brushed daily to remove germs and stains.

When you remove your dentures, clean your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This can help remove any adhesive that is still on your gums. You should also cleanse your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and cheeks of debris and bacteria.

Be sure to soak your dentures when you remove them overnight. They need to stay moist to retain their shape.

See Your Dentist for Adjustments and Maintenance

Regular dental checkups are necessary to monitor the condition of your dentures and help determine how often you should come in for professional cleaning and maintenance.

As you wear them, you may notice changes in how they fit your mouth. If they are fitting loosely, your dentist can realign them for a proper fit. Loose dentures can cause discomfort and sores, so have them refitted right away.

Dentures wear out over time. Most people have their dentures replaced every five to eight years. Additionally, the shape of your mouth will change, meaning you will likely need your dentures refitted every few years or so.

What Not To Do With Your Dentures

Avoid handling your dentures in ways that could bend or damage the clasps or plastic when cleaning. Putting a towel on the counter when cleaning dentures can help protect them from breakage if they are dropped.

When cleaning your dentures, stick to gentle products. Do not use abrasive cleaners or stiff-bristled brushes. These can scratch or damage dentures. Products with bleach or other whitening agents can weaken dentures or change their color. Whitening toothpastes should also be avoided, as they are ineffective on dentures.

When soaking your dentures, do not use water that is too hot. Hot or boiling water can soften your dentures, which can cause them to become misshapen.

Schedule a Consultation Today

With proper care, dentures can look and feel great for years. If you want to learn whether dentures are right for you or if you need yours adjusted, schedule an appointment at Drs of Smiles today. Contact our Mesa, AZ, office at 480-834-6991 or submit an online contact form.

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