Once you’ve gone to the trouble and expense of getting dentures, you want to be sure to maintain them in the best condition possible so that they’ll last a long time. Proper care can keep your dentures as well as your mouth in ideal condition. These suggestions will help you learn the best ways to handle, clean, and store your dentures.
Dentures are delicate and can break easily. Always hold them over a towel or a sink filled with water to lessen the impact if you drop them.
To remove food and plaque, brush your dentures every day using a soft toothbrush. Make sure to gently brush every surface of the dentures. Never use household products to clean your dentures, other than mild dishwashing soap or liquid hand soap. Many toothpastes are too abrasive for dentures, but there are cleaners made specifically for dentures as well as ultrasonic cleaning devices. Ask your dentist for recommendations. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue and gums. If you don’t have an opportunity to brush, it’s a good idea to rinse your dentures after meals.
Dentures may warp if they become too dry or are placed in hot water. When not wearing them, store your dentures in room-temperature water or in denture solution that your dentist suggests. Make sure you don’t wrap your dentures in a paper towel because they may be discarded, and keep them away from pets and children.
Do not try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself if they are damaged or uncomfortable. Make an appointment with your dentist to have them properly repaired, or to find out if perhaps it’s time for a new set. Complete dentures usually last about five to seven years before a replacement is needed.
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