How to Properly Care for your Dentures
Dentures, whether partial or full, require regular and proper care to keep them clean and free from stains and bacteria. Proper care can keep both your teeth and your mouth in good shape. These helpful tips explain the right way to clean, manage and store your dentures.
How to Clean Your Dentures
After meals, remove and rinse dentures. If you can’t always clean your dentures after every meal, be sure to rinse and brush at least once a day with a denture cleaner, mild dish soap or liquid hand soap to remove plaque, food, and other particles.
If you use a denture adhesive, remove any leftover adhesive from your gums. Don’t use a denture cleaner to do this. Brush your natural teeth and clean your tongue, your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Soak dentures overnight in a solution. Your Shreveport LA dentist and your solution brand may have their own recommendations, so follow the instructions.
- Abrasive cleaning products. Stiff-bristled brushes and tough cleaners and toothpaste are far too abrasive and can cause serious damage to dentures.
- Toothpaste whitening. Toothpaste with whitening properties can be abrasive. Don’t use them to clean your dentures.
- Bleach products. Bleach weakens dentures and changes color.
- Hot water. In addition to sterilizing your dentures, they could be warped by hot water.
Before putting your dentures back in, rinse them thoroughly, especially if you’re using a cleaning solution. When ingested, harmful chemicals may cause vomiting, pain, or burns. Dentures are very delicate and can break easily if they’re dropped. When handling your dentures, always hold them over a soft towel or fill your sink with water.
Where to Store Your Dentures
Dentures can be warped if they dry out or are placed in hot water. If you do not wear them, your dentures should always be kept in room temperature water or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.
Never wrap your teeth in a paper towel. They could be mistaken for trash and thrown away easily. Store smart by keeping your dentures away from the reach of children and pets. Kids love to play with dentures, and dogs love to chew.