Dentures have become a common dental treatment that helps you replace multiple missing teeth and retain your smile. Dentures are removable or prosthetic teeth designed to look natural. They are made using materials such as ceramic, metal, and acrylic.
The procedure of providing dentures takes 2-3 appointments where our dentists will take an impression of your mouth and create dentures to fit in. After the procedure, we will provide suitable care instructions so that you can use them comfortably in the long run. Just like your natural teeth, dentures, too, demand regular cleaning. Here’s everything to follow to care for your dentures:
Remove Your Dentures After Eating
Once you are done eating with dentures, it is advised to remove them and rinse with water. Run them under water to remove food particles and other residues. Be sure to not bend or damage them while cleaning or rinsing them with water.
Clean Your Mouth After Removing Dentures
Just like you clean your dentures, it is also vital to clean your mouth when you remove the dentures. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth and gums. Do not miss cleaning the areas like your tongue and roof of your mouth before you re-insert the dentures.
Brush Your Dentures Daily
You need to brush your dentures regularly like your natural teeth. Soak them in water and brush them using a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, do not brush them using toothpaste. Alternatively, you can also use a non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove plaque, food particles, and other deposits. But beware, do not use such cleansers to clean the dentures when they are inside your mouth.
Soak Your Dentures
It is essential to keep your dentures moist to retain them in shape. When you are not wearing the dentures, place them in a glass of water or in a mild denture-soaking solution. Soaking your dentures overnight will not make them dry. When you wear them the next day, rinse thoroughly before placing them in your mouth.
What to Avoid While Caring for Dentures?
When caring for or cleaning your dentures, there are certain things that you must avoid, such as:
- Do not use abrasive cleaning materials to clean your dentures. Avoid using harsh toothpaste or strong cleansers as they may damage your dentures, and you may have to buy new ones.
- Do not use whitening toothpaste to clean your dentures. Such toothpaste includes peroxide that may change the color of your artificial teeth, thereby affecting your smile and overall appearance.
- Avoid using bleach-containing products on your dentures as they may weaken them and change their color. Do not soak your dentures with metal attachments in a chlorine solution.
- Do not wash your dentures with hot water, as this can lead to warping.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Salida, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (209) 732-1123 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.