How to Maintain Dentures
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues that can be removed and put back into your mouth. The two types of dentures are called complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when you don’t have any of your natural teeth left. Partial dentures are used when you have some of your natural teeth remaining. Dentures need to be maintained, and there are plenty of ways to do that.
Rinse After Eating
You should remove and rinse your dentures with warm water after you eat. The water will remove food debris and other loose particles. Be careful while rinsing your dentures because if you drop them, they could break.
Handle With Care
Try to avoid bending or damaging the plastic or the clasps while cleaning.
Brush Your Dentures Daily
Remove and brush your dentures daily, but don’t use toothpaste. If you use denture adhesive, be sure to clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Remember to avoid cleaning your dentures with abrasive materials, and don’t use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
Soak Dentures While You Sleep
Most dentures need moisture to keep their shape. Place your dentures in water or a mild soaking solution while you sleep. Ask your dentist about how you should properly store your dentures, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions.
Rinse Your Dentures Before Placing Them Back in Your Mouth
You should always rinse your dentures with warm water before you put them back into your mouth. Soaking solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting and pains or burns if it’s swallowed.
Schedule Regular Appointments
Ask your dentist how often they recommend that you visit them to have your dentures professionally cleaned and examined.
Avoid Hot Water
You can use warm water to rinse your dentures. You should never use hot or boiling water because it could warp your dentures.
Avoid Whitening Products
Whitening products usually contain peroxide that can damage your dentures, and it won’t change the color of them.
Avoid bleach and products that contain bleach. It can weaken dentures and change their color. If your dentures have metal attachments, don’t soak them in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal.
If you have any questions about how to maintain your dentures, contact a dentist. If your dentures are damaged or need to be adjusted, don’t do it at home. Denture repair kits may permanently damage your them.
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