Millions of people either have or need dentures because they have suffered tooth loss. When you are missing multiple teeth, your dentist will probably recommend dentures as one of the best options for you. Because of their value in helping you to both look and feel better by replacing the natural teeth you have lost, it is extremely important to care for them properly. The following four habits will help to keep your dentures in pristine condition.
Brush Your Dentures at Least Once Per Day
One of the most basic ways to care for your dentures and ensure that they’ll be in great condition is to brush them at least once per day. However, it’s important to avoid using a regular toothbrush because they can be too abrasive and cause damage to your dentures. Use a cleaner that is non-abrasive and that is meant to remove food particles, plaque and other debris. If you use denture adhesive, be sure to clean the grooves that fit in your gums to remove any pieces of adhesive that might have lingered. Avoid using any denture cleaners while your dentures are still in your mouth. Always remove them first.
Soak Your Dentures Overnight
Always soak your dentures in a mild soaking solution or water overnight. Most types of dentures need to stay moist to retain their shape, so this is extremely important to maintaining them and keeping them in the best possible condition. Ask your dentist for more advice on what substance is best for soaking your dentures and about how to store them during the night. Always follow the instructions on the box or bottle of solution and cleansers as well.
Remove and Rinse Off Your Dentures After You Eat
After you eat each meal or snack, remove your dentures and rinse them off with water to eliminate any excess food particles. Be especially careful and place a towel on the sink or counter or fill the sink with water in the event that you drop them. This will help to prevent them from breaking.
Handle Your Dentures with Care
When you are constantly removing your dentures from your mouth to clean them, it puts a normal wear and tear on the components that hold them in place in your mouth. Always be gentle when you have to handle your dentures and use care. Avoid squeezing or bending them and don’t drop them. Be careful when removing them in your mouth as well. That means you should never yank on them but remove them in the way your dentist instructed you.
Using these four habits for handling your dentures will ensure that they remain in top condition for the long run. You will also need fewer trips to the dentist.