Caring for Your Dentures

Caring for Your Dentures

If you want to keep your new smile looking great for a long time, there are some simple things to know about caring for your new dentures.

Dentures should be worn every day to make sure that they fit nicely into your mouth. Overtime, your gum and jawline will change. Wearing your denture regularly will help them to change less, and keep the denture fitting comfortably.

Caring for dentures also means caring for your mouth in general. Your mouth needs a break! Take the dentures out at night and massage the gums with a soft toothbrush. This break will help prevent fungal infections and keep the mouth tissue healthy.

Perhaps the most important part of caring for dentures is simply brushing them with a special denture brush, which is softer than a regular toothbrush. Use a denture paste, not regular toothpaste which is too harsh and could scratch the denture material. A little dish soap is okay, but be sure to rinse well, and never use other household cleaners on your dentures. The chemicals are just too harsh.

When handling dentures, be sure to use caution. They are fragile and can break easily if dropped even onto a bathroom or kitchen sink. Many people prefer to work over a basin of water or soft folded towel as extra insurance in the event that the dentures slip from their hands while cleaning them. Considering the time and money investment, not to mention the importance of your dentures to your daily life, this is a good habit to get into.

Caring for your dentures is simply about establishing good habits right from the beginning. Clean them twice a day, just as you would your natural teeth. After meals where brushing is inconvenient, be sure to rinse out your mouth to help wash away any food particles that may be caught between the teeth.

With just a few moments a day, doing a good job caring for your dentures will provide years of satisfaction. These simple habits may take time to establish, but they can make a world of difference in how long they maintain their beautiful, new appearance.