Receiving dentures is an exciting time for patients who have suffered with losing teeth. Our team understands that tooth loss is traumatic. Without teeth, people struggle with everyday oral function. Tooth loss makes even the simplest of tasks, like eating food comfortably and speaking properly, more difficult. Fortunately, receiving dentures is a great step towards recovering from tooth loss. By providing a stable biting surface for food and restoring a patient’s appearance, dentures can make a big difference in one’s life. It is important, however, to know how to care for your dentures. While dentures may look like natural teeth, they are cared for differently. Our dentists offer some easy-to-follow tips for denture cleaning and care.
Should I clean my dentures?
Yes, it is very important that you keep your dentures clean. Unlike teeth, you will not clean your dentures while they are still in your mouth. Instead, you will take them out at nighttime and use a special toothbrush to clean their porcelain and acrylic surfaces. You will also soak dentures over night to ensure that they are sanitary for the next day’s use.
Since dentures are made from life-like materials that mimic the appearance of gums, it is important to soak them overnight when you are not wearing them. The structures of dentures should remain moist to prevent cracking and breakage.
How do I keep the inside of my mouth clean?
When you do remove your dentures for the evening, it is still important to clean your gums. We recommend using ADA-approved toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the surfaces of your gums, your tongue, and the lining of your cheeks. This will help keep oral bacteria to a minimum.
What should I do if my dentures become damaged?
If your dentures become damaged or begin to fit improperly, contact our office as soon as you can. Depending on the level of damage, dentures can be repaired. Keep in mind that dentures do not last forever and every few years you will need a new set.
To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, call our office at 781-935-8810 today.