How to Care for Your Dentures

How to Care for Your Dentures - Spring Valley Dental Care

By Spring Valley Dental Care

Your smile will look better with removable teeth, known as partial or complete dentures, to replace lost teeth.

These artificial teeth are constructed from metal and acrylic and are intended to look real.

You should still clean your denture teeth on a regular basis even though they are artificial.

Brushing alone is not enough to clean dentures, though. To preserve your dental health and keep them in good shape, you must take additional measures.

To find out how to properly clean and care for your dentures, continue reading.

What’s the best way to clean your dentures?

Food and plaque adhere to dentures in the same manner as they do to real teeth. After eating and drinking, dental plaque—a sticky layer of bacteria—forms on teeth and dentures.

Not cleaning your dentures can lead to plaque accumulation, which increases your risk of gum disease and poor breath.

You need to get regular cleanings for good oral health overall. The following supplies will help you maintain clean dentures:

  • a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • water
  • denture cleaning solution or mild soap
  • a soft towel

Make time to brush your dentures once a day or more. It is much better to brush them twice a day, in the morning and at night. However, avoid using toothpaste to clean your dentures.

Too abrasive components are included in many toothpaste types for teeth that can be taken out. These toothpastes have the potential to progressively cause scratches or tiny fissures on the surface of dentures.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush made especially for dentures to clean your dentures instead. Your denture surface won’t get scratched up by using these toothbrushes.

Brushing is essential, but it is insufficient to clean dentures on its own. After removing your dentures, you must properly clean them every night in order to preserve them over time.

How often should you clean your dentures?

Brushing your dentures right after waking up in the morning and just before bed is a smart idea. Every night, you should also soak them in a solution of dental cleaning agents or mild soap.

While brushing dentures shouldn’t involve toothpaste, you should use it twice a day to brush your tongue and gums. This helps avoid foul breath and maintains the health of your gums.

Remember to brush and floss the remaining teeth on a daily basis if you have partial dentures.

Using mouthwash as a rinse also benefits dental health. Use mouthwash made specifically for people who wear dentures, or take out your dentures before using it.

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