Dentures are a great option to restore a smile impacted by tooth loss or damage. They give you back your smile and can make eating and speaking easier. It’s important to properly clean and care for your dentures to keep them looking and feeling good for years to come. Just like your natural teeth, your dentures need the proper TLC to stay pearly white and in good shape.
How to clean your dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned after every meal. Remove the denture and rinse with warm water during the day, and clean your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush as well. Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm water or non-abrasive toothpaste to remove plaque, food and other debris.
If you use a denture adhesive, be sure to clean the ridges that sit against your mouth to remove any extra adhesive from the denture and from your gums. Creating Smiles patients receive dentures that fit and stay without the need for cream or adhesive.
Overnight denture care
Soak your dentures in water or a denture-care solution overnight. Ask your dentist for cleaning tips for your particular dentures, and follow manufacturer’s instructions. And, if you do use a solution overnight, be sure to rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in when you wake up.
Maintaining your dentures
Dentures look like natural teeth, but there are some major differences in caring for dentures. Dentures aren’t built to handle harsh, abrasive toothpastes or brushes, so handle with extreme care. For cleaning, even antibacterial dish soap will work. Avoid whitening toothpastes, hard-bristled brushes or bleach.
Dentures will lose their shape if they dry out, so if you aren’t wearing them be sure to keep them moist. You can soak them in water or a denture-cleaning solution but check with your dentist if your dentures have any metal parts. Finally, avoid hot water.
Handle your dentures carefully! If you accidentally drop them, they could chip or break. Use a folded towel in the bottom of the sink when you’re caring for them, or fill the sink with water to reduce the risk of breakage from any falls.
Keep in regular contact with your dentist, and make an appointment right away if you start to notice a loose fit. Loose dentures can cause a number of problems from irritation to infection. Remember that caring for your dentures is just as important as caring for your natural teeth.