Dentures replace missing teeth, restoring your confidence as well as the function and appearance of your smile. To get the most out of your dentures it's important to take proper care of them. Here's more on how to care for your dentures.
Whether you have full dentures or a partial plate it's important to care for them as carefully as you would care for your natural teeth. Here are some tips on how to care for your dentures to keep them fitting well and looking fabulous.
Clean Your Dentures Daily
Much the same way as you would clean your natural teeth, be sure to clean your dentures daily. Thoroughly brush your dentures with a soft-bristle denture brush and plain water. Be sure to brush all sections of your dentures but be careful not to bend any attachments.
Do not use toothpaste when brushing your dentures. Commercial toothpastes could damage your them.
To keep your dentures fresh, it's a good idea to rinse them with water after every meal.
At night, remove your dentures and soak them in denture cleaner or a mixture of warm water and vinegar, or if your dentures have metal attachments, soak them in plain warm water.
Soaking dentures helps to make them easier to clean by loosening the plaque and tartar.
That said, it's important to remember that soaking your dentures is not a substitute for brushing! Keep your dentures in tip top condition by soaking them each night and brushing them every day to remove plaque.
Treat Your Dentures Carefully
To help protect your dentures, it's a good idea to place a folded towel in front of you, while you are handling your dentures.
The folded towel can provide a soft cushion and help to protect your dentures from being damaged if you were to accidentally drop them.
Soak your dentures in water or denture solution whenever you aren't wearing them, to prevent them from drying out.
Denture solutions may cause metal to tarnish, so if your dentures have metal attachments do not use denture solutions!
Never soak or clean your dentures in hot water. The heat could cause your dentures to warp.