When you receive your dentures, you will also receive a list of care instructions. However, if you are considering dentures in the near future, you may be wondering how much upkeep they’ll need. We have put together a list of basic care instructions to let you know what may be in store for you if you choose the denture option.
Dentures are convenient because they require a relatively small amount of care. Just like your natural teeth, usual cleaning practices will keep your dentures looking sharp for many years to come. Handling your dentures with care is also important, as they can break with too much trauma.
- Denture Cleaning – It is important to brush your dentures just as you would your natural teeth. However, use only soft bristle brushes to avoid damaging or wearing down the denture materials. There are specially made soft bristle brushes used for this purpose. Also, it is important to use hand soap or mild dish cleaners instead of harsh toothpastes. You can purchase ultrasonic cleaners for an overnight cleaning, but this should be done in combination with regular brushing.
- Rinsing – It is important to rinse your dentures after each meal to help maintain them. Rinsing will also ensure no materials become trapped between the denture and your gums.
- Soaking – Dentures need to be kept moist, so that they do not dry out, lose their shape, and no longer fit comfortably in your mouth. This means they should be kept in the mouth or in a soaking agent such as denture cleanser or water.
- General Handling – Avoid dropping your dentures at all costs as solid surfaces may damage them. Handle them over a towel on the sink or counter to avoid a hard impact.
For more information on the care and handling of dentures or to help you decide if dentures are right for you, contact our dental office today.