6 Ways To Care For Your Dentures

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Dentures are a fantastic solutions for missing teeth. Not only are they functional, they look more natural than ever before. But, dentures do require excellent care if you want them to last. Think about it like this — CostHelper reports that the average price for a set of dentures (including extraction and prep) is $9,063 — that is a big ticket item and you should care for them accordingly!

Here are 6 important ways to take care of your dentures.

1. Brush Dentures Daily.

Dentures are made from acrylic or porcelain and while they appear to be solid, they have tiny pores. These pores are the perfect place for malicious bacteria to settle and wreak havoc. Brushing your dentures daily removes debris and bacteria.

Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching or damaging your denture. There are even special denture toothbrushes you can buy. These brushes have ergonomic handles, are gentle enough for acrylic and porcelain and have two heads configured to clean hard-to-reach areas.

2. Brush Gums Daily

Not only do your dentures need a daily scrub down, so do your gums. Brushing gums prevents bad breath and oral candida, a fungus that can grow in your mouth.

Another good reason to brush gums daily is to stimulate tissue circulation and prevent bone loss.

3. Consume With Care

There are a few foods that are especially hard on dentures: popcorn, peanut butter, corn on the cob, nuts, gum, caramel and taffy. While delicious, these foods stick to your dentures like glue and be very difficult to remove.

When it comes to protein, ground beef, ground turkey, pulled pork and turkey are typically easier to eat while things like steak and beef jerky will be harder on your dentures. If you absolutely love a good steak, you don’t have to go without it forever, just cut it into very small pieces — or get your carnivore fix in a beef stew where the beef tender.

Another suggestion is to opt for seedless fruits when possible, as the seeded variety can easily get stuck in the crevices of your dentures.

4. Denture Cleanser Is A Do

Denture cleansers come in gel, cream, paste and liquid forms and they are designed to clean dentures. No matter what type of product you prefer, make sure it has the American Dental Association seal and that doesn’t contain bleach, which can discolor the pink gum-colored portion of your denture. Lucky for you, now that you have dentures you don’t have to worry about whitening your teeth because porcelain is stain resistant unlike natural tooth enamel.

Soaking your dentures in one of these cleansing solutions will kill the germs and bacteria that brushing can not. The solutions are also effective at removing stains and fighting odor. Most people place their dentures in the solution overnight. This serves three purposes: it cleans the denture, gives your gums a chance to rest and the moisture keeps your dentures from drying out. But be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions on your denture soak because some may only be designed to soak for 30 minutes. And avoid using hot water to make the solution as it can possibly warp the shape of your dentures.

Another tip is to always rinse and brush your dentures after overnight soaking before you place them in your mouth or you will be tasting and ingesting the cleansing solution.

If you are someone who is mindful of avoiding chemicals when possible, there are many natural denture cleansing solutions you can use.

  • Lemon juice mixed with equal parts water is effective at removing stains and curbing bacteria growth, but be sure to remove your dentures from the solution after 30 minutes as lemon juice can be acidic and you don’t want it to erode your denture.
  • A tablespoon of vinegar in warm water can dissolve tiny food particles and fight plaque.
  • A few tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in warm water is a great solution for fighting denture odor.

5. Avoid Accidents

One of the most common ways that dentures are damaged or broken is when they are dropped in the sink when you are trying to put them in or take them out. Placing a towel in the sink can prevent this problem entirely. And keep your dentures away from curious toddler and pets!

6. Rest Is Best

Dentures were never meant to be worn 24-7 and it’s important that you take give your mouth time to rest. Wearing dentures for too long can lead to sores, lesions, candida and general irritation. When you first receive your dentures it is especially important to ease into wearing them all day as your mouth needs to adjust to your new smile.

Wearing dentures for too long is also associated with jaw bone loss and oral infections.

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