Removable dentures, whether full or partial, require a lot of upkeep. In order to keep your smile clean and stain-free, you must take good care of them.
Clean Your Dentures Regularly
Dentures retain food and other particles. Then, bad bacteria grow from the particles that stick to them. Unfortunately, this bacteria leads to gum disease and other serious health implications. To make sure you stay safe, clean them every day.
Every time you eat, remove and rinse your dentures. To rid them of food debris, rinse them with warm water until clean. However, be careful that you don’t drop them down the drain by making sure your sink strainer is in place! Furthermore, you may want to place a towel along the counter or in the sink so your dentures don’t break.
Brush your dentures at least once a day to further clean them. Though they would thank you if you brushed after every use, we understand that you probably don’t have time for that. Rinsing them after every meal will remove debris but brushing with denture cleanser each night will remove other plaque buildups.
Clean Your Mouth Regularly, Too
Even after you take out your dentures, it’s important to watch your oral hygiene carefully. Your gums are much softer, and, therefore, more penetrable than teeth.
Use soft toothbrushes, gauze, and sensitive toothpaste to clean your mouth. Thoroughly scrub any remaining natural teeth, your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth. Continue to clean by removing any denture adhesive from your gums, as well.
Soaking Overnight for the Best Denture Fit
After cleaning your dentures, soak them overnight in water or a mild denture solution. Since most need to stay moist to keep their shape, manufacturers and dentists recommend soaking them regularly. Typically we suggest soaking them overnight while you already have them out.
When you wake up, be sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly. Denture solutions contain chemicals. If ingested, these chemicals cause nausea, vomiting, and pain.
Treat Your Dentures With Care
Dentures are flexible. When you clean them, be careful not to bend or damage the clasps or plastic. Always treat them with care and clean them well.
Even if you have a full set, your cosmetic dentist Dr. Safarian recommends regular dentist visits. With regular visits, we will professionally examine and clean them. Additionally, we can ensure your fit for ultimate comfort.
If your dentures are uncomfortable, come into Irresistible Smiles. Irritation, sores, and, sometimes infection are warning signs that they have become too loose.
Visit Irresistible Smiles
If traditional dentures aren’t right for you, consider the other options. Here at Irresistible Smiles, we also offer dental implants, veneers, and bridges.
If you need a tooth replacement, schedule an appointment by calling (619) 656-6785 in Chula Vista or San Diego. For a quick and easy way to reach Dr. Safarian, schedule an appointment online.