How to Take Care of Dentures

If you have dentures, taking proper care of them will ensure their longevity and guarantee the general health of your oral cavity. Correct care of dentures removes bacteria and stains that may lead to their early deterioration. If you have dentures and you want to take care of them the right way, let’s talk about the proper way to do so.
 

Removing

Follow these steps in order to carefully remove your dentures:

  • Start by filling the sink with water to prevent your dentures from breaking if you drop them.

  • Then, swish warm water inside your mouth.

  • For your top denture, place your thumb against the back of your front teeth, then press up and out to where your nose is.

  • For your lower denture, slowly pull it out as you apply a gentle rocking action.
     

Cleaning

It is vital to take out and clean your dentures after you eat meals or snacks. Brushing and rinsing them at least once daily removes traces of plaque and food particulates, but be advised that you shouldn’t use a dental cleanser in removing denture adhesive from your gums. Brushing your teeth, cheeks, gums, tongue, as well as the roof of your oral cavity, is the usual way to accomplish this.


In the evening, soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution. This allows your gums to rest. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully as it is important not to bend the metal attachments of your dentures when you clean them.


Experts emphasize that you should refrain using a whitening toothpaste, abrasive cleaners, hot water, and cleaning products with bleach in cleaning your dentures. These will only fade and damage your dentures.


According to experts, soaking your dentures is not a substitute for brushing so be sure to take the time to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush in order to remove any plaque formations on them.
 

Storing

Warping is the main problem you may face with your dentures if you don’t put them in denture cleaning solution or room temperature water. Also, try not to wrap your dentures in paper towels as you could easily mistake them for trash and throw them away.


In addition, be sure to keep your dentures away from pets and children because they could mistake them for toys.
 

Handling

Rinse your dentures thoroughly before you wear them again, especially if you soaked them in a denture cleaning solution since there are harmful chemicals in the solution that can cause burns, vomiting, or pain if you ingest them. When you handle your dentures, make sure you hold them over a sink filled with water or a soft towel. Dentures tend to break easily because of their delicate structure.



Caring for your dentures properly requires time and attention. Doing so will make your dentures last longer. We, at Picasso Smiles Dental Cosmetic & Implant Center, can help you know more about the right denture care. For walk-in consultations, feel free to visit our clinics in El Paso, Texas. To schedule an appointment or if you want more information, please call us at 915-800-7704 or 915-800-7393.

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