We know a significant amount of money and effort can go into receiving your new dentures, so we want them to last! Luckily, there are a number of measures you can take to ensure you dentures stay in good shape. Just follow these six easy steps!
1. Rinse your dentures regularly.
In order to keep your dentures clean, be sure to rinse them after you eat and before ever putting them back into your mouth. This will allow you to remove bacteria, food debris, and other particles that may be stuck in the device. It is also important that you rinse them off after keeping them in a denture-soaking solution, as these chemicals can cause pain and vomiting.
2. Handle your dentures with care.
In order to keep your dentures in good shape for years to come, it is important that you are very careful with them. After all, these devices can break easily if you’re not careful. Therefore, you should always place a towel down or fill the sink with water when you’re handling them. This way, they won’t fall and break in the sink. You should also be sure to avoid bending or damaging the plastic as you’re cleaning them. Finally, remember to keep your dentures away from children or pets that could damage them when you’re not looking!
3. Clean your dentures every day.
It is very important to clean your dentures daily, as they can endure plaque buildup, stains, and odor just like natural teeth. The process of cleaning your dentures is quite simple. First, take them out and rinse them thoroughly in warm water. Then, with a soft-bristled denture brush (which are made specifically to clean dentures), brush the dentures to remove plaque and food deposits. Remember to clean the surfaces where there may be any remaining denture adhesive. It is important that you do not use toothpaste during this process, as it can damage the device.
You should also clean out your mouth at this time, cleaning your tongue, cheeks, palate, and natural teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze.
4. Soak your dentures each night.
Place your dentures in mild denture-soaking solution or water overnight. This will ensure your dentures keep their shape and stay moist. This will also help to protect your device from stains, plaque, and tartar. Check with your dentist at Valley Dental Care of Plainfield to ensure you’re storing your particular device properly, as the brands can vary!
5. Avoid using harmful liquids or cleaning products on your dentures.
There are a number of liquids that you’ll want to avoid using on your dentures to prevent damage and wear. For example, you should not use abrasive cleaning products on them, such as harsh toothpastes or hard-bristled toothbrushes. Whitening toothpastes are also particularly harmful to your devices, as they often contain peroxide that can tint the color of the prosthetic. Avoid any products that contain bleach or chlorine, as this can corrode or discolor your dentures. Finally, you should not use hot or boiling water on your dentures, as this could warp them.
6. Schedule regular dental check-ups.
By scheduling regular appointments with your dentist at Valley Dental Care of Plainfield, you can ensure your dentures are well-fitted and long-lasting. If you notice that your dentures tend to slip or the fit has changed, be sure to pay us a visit. Otherwise, you may experience irritation or infection. We will also regularly examine your dentures and professionally clean them to keep them in good condition.
Would you like to schedule an appointment to receive new dentures? Call Valley Dental Care of Plainfield today!