Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Dentures can make a huge difference in how your teeth look, feel, and work — and they can make a big difference in your self-confidence, too. But even though dentures have been around for a long time, a lot of people don’t know what’s involved in their care.

Whether you’re getting dentures for the first time or you already have dentures, Julie Strauss, DMD, and the team at Strauss Dental want you to know the best way to care for your dentures for a comfortable, care-free experience. Here’s what you should know.

#1: Handle your dentures with care

Today’s dentures are made of really durable materials — but that doesn’t mean they can’t be damaged. Keep your dentures in a container when they’re not in your mouth, and be careful not to bend or damage the clasp portion when cleaning your dentures.

#2: Rinse after meals

Rinsing your dentures after you eat helps your mouth feel fresh, and it also gets rid of tiny food particles that can get trapped below the denture, causing a lot of discomfort. Plus, rinsing helps get rid of residues that could cause discoloration.

#3: Clean your dentures at least once a day

Use a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive toothpaste or denture cleaner to gently remove plaque and food particles from all surfaces of your denture. If you use denture adhesives, use the brush to gently remove all traces of the adhesive, as well. Never use a denture cleanser to clean your natural teeth or gums or to rinse your mouth.

#4: Don’t sleep in your dentures

No matter how comfortable your dentures may feel, they’re not designed to be worn while you sleep. Plus, if your dentures slip out of place while you’re sleeping, they could cause a choking hazard. Nighttime is a great time for a deep-cleaning soak.

#5: Use an overnight soaking solution for deep cleaning

Dentures are designed to be kept moist, so when you take your dentures out for the night, you might want to soak them in a cleaning solution or even just plain water. Our team will advise you on the best approach to overnight soaking based on the type of denture you have and other considerations.

#6: Avoid whitening or abrasive toothpastes

Toothpastes with whitening or bleaching agents or abrasives can scratch or discolor dentures. Instead, use a basic toothpaste to gently remove food residue and freshen your dentures. Opt for a soft-bristled brush, as well. Never soak your dentures in a solution containing bleach. 

#7: Keep dentures away from direct heat

Denture materials can warp or bend when stored in the sun or other hot environments. When rinsing dentures, avoid hot water and use cool or lukewarm water instead.

#8: Maintain regular dental checkups

Even if you have full upper and lower dentures and no natural teeth, you still need regular dental exams to make sure your gums stay healthy and to screen for oral cancers. Regular checkups also give our tram a chance to make adjustments so your dentures fit properly.

#9: Don’t ignore sore spots

If your dentures are causing sore spots or if they don’t fit snugly and comfortably, it’s probably time for an adjustment. Loose dentures and sore spots can quickly develop into more serious issues, like infections or bite problems. If you notice problems with the way your dentures fit or feel, call the office and schedule an appointment right away.

Optimal oral health at every age

The American College of Prosthodontists says about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 36 million are missing all their natural teeth. Dentures are a time-tested way to restore your smile and improve your oral health. 

With proper care, your dentures can give you years of hassle-free enjoyment, along with a beautiful smile. To learn more about dentures at our practice in Oregon City, Oregon, call Strauss Dental or book an appointment online today.

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