How to Take Care of Your Dentures

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Taking proper care of your dentures is vital to maintaining a healthy mouth and prolonging the life of your dentures. Ashley Harrison, DDS in Chico wants you to know the key aspects to caring for your dentures.

Handle your Dentures Very Carefully

Dentures can break easily so it is important to handle them with care. When you remove your dentures you should do so over a Denturessink filled with water or over a towel. This should help keep them from breaking if you drop them. Also be sure not to bend the fasteners while you are cleaning them.

Brush your Dentures Everyday

Brushing your dentures will remove food, plaque, and prevent staining. Gently brush using a soft-bristled brush designed for dentures. Be careful not to damage any part of your dentures as you brush them.

Rinse your Dentures after Meals

You should remove your dentures after each meal and rinse them under water in the sink. Filling the sink with some water first will help prevent damage if you accidentally drop them. Rinsing them will remove food particles, and keep your dentures and mouth fresh and clean.

Soak your Dentures Overnight

Dentures should be kept moist. If they are allowed to dry out, they may lose their shape. Soak them in water or in a denture soaking solution overnight. Dr. Harrison will recommend what is best for the type of dentures you have. If you use a denture soaking solution, be sure to rinse your dentures off with water in the morning before putting them back in your mouth.

Keep your Mouth Healthy

When you remove your dentures, you should use a soft-bristle brush to brush any natural teeth you may have. You should also clean your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the inside of your cheeks with a toothbrush or gauze. Use gentle strokes; you don't want to damage the tissue in your mouth.

Schedule your Check-Ups

You should continue to have regular dental check-ups. Dr. Harrison will let you know how often you should come in. She will check to make sure your mouth is healthy and that your dentures are fitting properly.

If you are having any problems with your dentures, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (530) 894-5454. In Chico, Dr. Harrison will help you care for your dentures. Call us today!