If you use dentures, then you know just how important they are – after all, they are replacements for your teeth. In order to get the most out of them, it’s important to take proper care to keep them looking great and to keep your oral health in check. Here are the most important Do’s and Don’ts of denture care.
Remove Them Before Bed
It’s good to give your mouth and your dentures a break every so often throughout the day. Taking them out before bed, or removing them for at least six hours a day is a good habit to practice. This also allows the tissues in the mouth to recover. And while they’re out, keep them soaking in warm water if they have metal clasps, or if not, then submerge them in a special denture cleanser to keep them away from bacteria.
Brush Your Dentures Daily
Just like you would with teeth, you must thoroughly clean your dentures every day. Use a soft denture brush, along with ADA-accepted denture cleaner. With a little warm water, gently brush them in circular motions, focusing on each area. It’s good to do this over a counter or table with a towel beneath to catch them if they happen to slip and fall.
Take Proper Care of Your Entire Mouth
Keeping your gums nice and healthy is crucial for your overall health and ensuring that your dentures fit and stay put. Even though there may not be any teeth along the gumline, you still need to maintain a habit of gently brushing your gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth to remove plaque and bacteria. If you do have any remaining natural teeth, be sure to brush those and floss if possible.
Use Sharp Objects
Avoid using anything abrasive or sharp along your dentures. Items like toothpicks or dental scrapers are not recommended to use on dentures since they can easily slip and damage your mouth tissue.
Use Tugging Motions When Eating
It can take time to get used to your dentures, but it’s important to use them correctly as you learn how to eat with them. Avoid taking large bites of food, don’t use tugging motions as you bite, and avoid biting down on hard items with your front dentures to prevent damage and chipping.
Don’t Neglect Your Dentures
Your dentures are an important part of your day-to-day life, so the most important point in denture care is to take good care of them so they can serve you well for as long as possible. Don’t neglect them, or toss them about carelessly. Always be mindful and gentle when handling them, and keep them sanitized and clean to keep your mouth happy and healthy.