How to Care for Your Dentures

How to Care for Your Dentures

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

If you rely on dentures, you’ll want to make sure you take care of them to last. Here are some helpful tips to help you do just that.

Give Your Gums a Break

After a day of chewing, chatting and drinking, your gums need time to recover. That’s why it’s important to remove your dentures before going to sleep. If removing your dentures at night is not an option, then at least make sure to take them out for about six to eight hours a day.

Soaking

The buildup of unwanted materials in your dentures is not only unhygienic, it will also degrade your dentures’ quality over time. When you do remove your dentures – especially overnight – it’s a best practice to soak them in water, or in water solution mixed with a denture cleaner. Doing so will help remove stains, tartar, plaque, and bacteria and prevent gum infection or irritation. Never use using boiling or very hot water which can cause dentures to warp; warm water is best.

Brushing

Dentures are not your real teeth, but you should treat them as such by cleaning them using a soft-bristled brush. If you prefer, you can opt to use a cleaning brush specially designed for dentures. Hand soap, dental paste, mild dishwashing detergent, and gentle toothpaste are all the right choices for cleaning. However, avoid abrasive and whitening toothpastes and products that contain bleach as they can discolor the pink part of the dentures or scratch them.

Handling with Care

More likely than not, your dentures came at a high price. Unfortunately, your dentures are also fragile and can break easily. Because of this, you need to be extra careful when handling them. When cleaning your dentures, do so over a bowl or sink filled with water and a folded washcloth at the bottom in case you should accidently drop them. Don’t forget to carry a dentures case in case you need to take them out while traveling. And be sure to keep them away from pets, who have been known to use them as chew toys; and young children who may want to play with them.

Cleaning your Gums

Despite relying on complete dentures, you still need to take care of your gums. Every time you remove your dentures, rinse your mouth well and massage your gums with either a soft brush or washcloth. If you use only partial dentures, remember to brush and floss your natural teeth properly. Avoid using toothpicks when you have your dentures on and stay away from using any strong cleaners or hard brushes for cleaning purposes.

Fitting Properly

Over time, your gums and bones go through small or drastic changes. Sometimes, these changes can cause your dentures to begin to fit improperly or slip, even when they had been fine a while ago. Should this happen, see your dentist immediately. Be on the lookout for problems like burning sensations, sores, and/or pain. Aside from this, you may also experience more discomfort like abdominal gas due to swallowing air. If this happens, your dentist will make some adjustments to your dentures. If your dentures do not fit well, it can also be a sign of periodontal disease.

Denture Services in Eugene, Oregon

If you are considering getting dentures or are interested to learn more about implants or other restorative options, Dr. Ari Binder and the expert staff at 360 Dental are more than happy to assist you. Call us at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment for the best dental care in Eugene. Let’s work together for a better smile!