As we constantly say at Afdent, a healthy mouth leads to a healthy life. And taking proper care of your dentures will keep you on the road to good health. Just like your natural teeth, dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains, and looking their best. It will help you not only in preventing bad breath but also in making your dentures last longer.
One thing you can do is to clean them every day to remove bacteria buildup, that can lead to more serious dental problems. Now that you’ve received your dentures, it is important to follow these recommendations to ensure your success.
Rinse Your Dentures After Eating
It’s inevitable for a few food particles to get stuck in your teeth when you eat. For that reason, it is beneficial to remove your dentures and clean them with running water after eating. Before putting them back in place, gargle with water or mouthwash to ensure there is no leftover food stuck in your mouth.
Brush Your Dentures Every Day
Caring for your dentures requires brushing them daily. Do this by using a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush with a denture cleaning product or antibacterial soap to remove bacteria and dental plaque. And don’t forget your mouth! Brush your tongue, gums, palate, and any remaining teeth twice a day to keep them free from plaque.
Be Careful When Handling Your Dentures
Even though dentures are made of acrylic material, they are still fragile. Clean your denture over a sink filled with water to prevent your denture from breaking should you accidentally drop them. Also before removing them, placing a soft folded towel on the counter as an added level of protection.
Remove Your Dentures Overnight
Before going to sleep, you should remove your dentures to allow your gum tissues to breathe and avoid bacterial growth. An exception to this rule is for those who just received their dentures. For immediate dentures you should constantly wear them for the first 8-12 weeks, aside from cleaning and rinsing. Consistent wear results in greater satisfaction.
Visit Your Dentist
These are just some of the things you can do to take care of your dentures. But above all, don’t forget to visit your dentist for regular checkups and any problem with your dentures. Call Afdent Patient Friendly Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our denture specialists. Our dental offices in Fort Wayne and Mishawaka are always available for all of your dental needs.