How to Care for Dentures

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Partial or complete dentures are an effective way to replace missing teeth. Not only do dentures help you to eat and talk normally, they also restore your smile’s appearance. Regardless of their material, dentures tend to last between seven and ten years. Whether you’re new to dentures or have been using them for several years, it’s never too late to ensure that you’re caring for them properly in order to maximize their lifespan.

Why Is Cleaning Dentures Necessary?

Just like your natural teeth, food particles can stick to dentures after you eat. This leftover debris is a fuel source for acid-producing oral bacteria. If acid and bacteria build up and form plaque, you may be at increased risk for developing gum disease. Plaque can also lead to bad breath and other oral health issues.

What is the Best Way to Clean Dentures During the Day?

To protect your oral health and your dentures, you’ll need to brush your dentures at least once per day. Instead of using toothpaste, which can be too abrasive, use a denture cleaner or mild soap and warm water. Gently scrub the entire surface of your dentures using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Lastly, rinse your dentures with warm water.

How Should I Care for My Dentures at Night?

When it’s time to go to sleep, gently remove your dentures and soak them in a denture solution overnight. This both helps clean your dentures and keeps them from drying out. Dentures that dry out can become brittle or lose their shape. When you wake up the next morning, rinse your dentures in lukewarm water before wearing them. Take care not to use hot water – it can alter the shape of your dentures!

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