Welcome to the world of dentures. We’ve been expecting you. Regardless of the reason that brought you here, let’s make sure you take proper care of those dentures.
1. Listen to your dentist
Speak with your dentist about the cleaner they recommend. Always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the box or bottle. P.S.: Try not to gargle, swallow or chew these cleaners. Trust us.
2. No toothpaste
It probably goes against everything you hold true, but unlike your real teeth, toothpaste might actually harm your dentures; the products in toothpaste that clean the enamel on your teeth are too harsh.
3. Use hand soap or dishwashing liquid when cleaning dentures
Believe it or not, these are acceptable. Just be cognizant that most other household cleaners are also too harsh. When in doubt, speak with your dentist.
4. Brush, brush, brush
Just like your regular teeth, it’s important to brush them every day. Food can deposit and plaque can build up. It’s always best to use a denture brush since these are designed specifically for dentures, with soft bristles (avoid hard bristles) arranged to fit the shape of dentures.
5. Small partials
If your partial dentures are small, have a safeguard in place in case you drop them down the sink. Closing the sink drain or cleaning them over a towel on the counter are good habits to practice.
6. Rinse, apply, brush
Before anything else, rinse them off to remove any food. Then apply the denture cleaner with a wet brush. Try to avoid bending or damaging the plastic attachments, as this will require an unwanted visit to the dentist.
7. Keep dentures moist
When sleeping, or not wearing them for an extended period of time, be sure to place them in either a soaking solution or some water. This will help keep their shape.
8. Rinse and repeat
Always rinse before putting them back in your mouth, whether it’s after brushing or after an evening soak.