Denture care isn't very difficult, but like most things, there is a right and wrong way to go about keeping them fresh, clean and looking great.
First of all, it is important to realize that dentures are very delicate. Dropping them, even a short distance, can cause breakage. It is a good idea to work over a bowl of water or over a soft towel to provide a cushion in case they slip from your hands. Putting them in, taking them out, cleaning and soaking are simple movements that should not damage the dentures as long as it is done carefully.
Like natural teeth, dentures need daily brushing to keep them clean. When caring for dentures, always use a denture brush designed especially for them, as the brush will be very soft and will not scratch the surface. There are special cleansers and toothpastes made just for dentures. They are mild and nonabrasive. Never use regular toothpaste or harsh cleansers. It is a good idea to choose products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, as they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Your gum tissue and jawbone will shrink and recede over time, but this will be minimized if you are sure to wear your dentures everyday. The shrinkage will cause the space between the jaws to change and adjustments will need to be made to your denture to keep them fitting properly. With good care, a set of dentures will last from 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced.
Part of denture care involves caring for your mouth and gums. A soft toothbrush can be used to brush your gums and tongue twice a day. It not only removes plaque, but stimulates circulation to keep your gums healthy. Other things you can do to help keep your mouth and gums healthy include rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water or mouthwash daily, and giving them a rest from the dentures at night.