Keeping up with taking care of your dentures can be a daunting task. But don’t worry, with a little extra effort you can keep your dentures squeaky clean.
Here are five tips for keeping your dentures clean and in good shape:
1. Thoroughly Rinse.
Before you brush, make sure to rinse your dentures with water to ensure any food or any other small particles are all washed down the drain. Your dentures are fragile, so you must be extra careful when handling them. Do not rinse your dentures with hot or boiling water as it can damage them.
2. Brush Your Dentures
In addition to your actual teeth, your dentures also need to be brushed. You should carefully brush your dentures with a gentle toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. We advise you not to use whitening toothpaste or harsh cleaning materials on them.
It is important to remember to never use cleaning solutions while your dentures are in your mouth. If you have any questions, be sure to talk to our dentist for advice about the right way to clean your dentures.
3. Don’t Neglect Your Actual Teeth
Even with dentures, you must still take care of your natural teeth. Make sure to brush them with a soft toothbrush and be extra gentle when brushing your gums. The risks of developing an oral infection are greatly reduced when cleaning your gums.
Talk to your dentist in Columbia about using gauze if your regular toothbrush is too rough on your gums and be sure to see us for recommendations if you experience any gum pain.
4. Cover Your Dentures
Right before you go to bed, make sure that you remove your dentures and keep them in a covered container overnight in either a denture-soaking solution or water. This is so your dentures will retain their shape.
5. Removing Your Dentures
If you are having difficulties removing your dentures with adhesive, try swishing your mouth with warm water or mouthwash. Do not use any household cleaning solutions, tools, or a foreign object to remove your dentures. And pay extra attention to ensure that the grooves of your dentures are clean and adhesive free.
If you take good care of your dentures, they will last longer and provide you with a beautiful smile. Be keen-eyed in keeping up with the cleanliness of your dentures.
For more tips on keeping your dentures in good shape, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Columbia MD dentist today. We are always glad to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns about your dentures.