7 Tips to Quality Denture Care

Before getting dentures, it’s important to know what type of care they require in order to stay functional and beautiful. Here are 7 tips to sink your teeth into.

1. SOAK IT UP

Dentures need a certain amount of moisture to keep their shape. Each night, place your dentures in water or a denture soak solution. (Be sure to read the directions first, some soaks are only meant to be used for 30 minutes). According to Reader’s Digest, soaking will your dentures keep stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria at bay. And be sure to rinse and brush your dentures before you put them back on.

2. PICK PRODUCTS CAREFULLY

The Mayo Clinic advises against whitening toothpastes or any products containing bleach with dentures. These chemicals can weaken or corrode dentures. For those who use an adhesive cream to keep dentures in place, look for products with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal. This seal is only given to products that have been evaluated by scientific experts and they won’t harm your expensive dentures.

3. BRUSH DAILY

Just like natural teeth, dentures need daily brushing. Buying a special denture toothbrush can also be handy because the design allows you to clean your dentures effectively with soft bristles.

4. CLEAN YOUR MOUTH

Cleaning your gums and tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush before you put your dentures in is key. Just because you might not have teeth there doesn’t mean you can be negligent with good oral care habits. Odor and gum disease can still occur if you fail to maintain proper oral practices.

5. HOT WATER IS A NO-NO

This tip might surprise those who don’t know much about dentures. Hot water can actually warp dentures so be sure any water you use to care for your dentures is room temperature or cooler.

6. VISIT THE DENTIST REGULARLY

You might think getting dentures means the end of your time at the dentist office, but it is still important to get regular check-ups. At these appointments your dentist can make sure your mouth and gums are still healthy and screen for oral cancers.

7. FINESSE YOUR FIT

Gums and bones change over time and these changes can lead to an ill-fitting denture. Take special notice of any slipping, clicking, sores or pain. WebMD reports that complete dentures can usually be worn and used for 5-7 years before replacement is necessary. In the meantime, relining or rebasing or your dentures might be necessary.

BONUS TIP: HANDLE WITH CARE

A certain amount of delicateness is required when handling dentures. Dropping them in the sink is a common way they are damaged. And when a crack or chip does happen, seeing your dentist for the repair is your best best. Sometimes a do-it-yourself kit can leave you with dentures that are beyond repair!

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