Taking Care of your Dentures
Dentures, whether partial or full, require regular, proper care to keep them clean and free from stains and bacteria. Proper care can keep both your dentures and your mouth in good shape. These helpful tips explain the correct way to clean, handle, and store your dentures. Here are some steps you should be practicing everyday
- Clean your dentures every day by soaking and brushing with a nonabrasive denture cleanser. Remember that denture cleansers should only be used to clean dentures outside of the mouth.
- Make sure you always thoroughly rinse your dentures after soaking and brushing them with the denture cleanser prior to reinserting them into your mouth.
- Remove your denture at a convenient time to give your mouth a rest. To prevent your denture from drying out, always store it in water.
- Denture adhesives can help your dentures be more stable and also prevent food particles from getting trapped underneath. It is important to discuss the proper use of denture adhesives with your Prosthodontist.
- Always handle your denture over a sink filled with water so that if you drop your denture, it will not break.
Before putting dentures back in, rinse them thoroughly, especially if you use a cleansing solution. If ingested, the solution’s harmful chemicals can cause vomiting, pain, or burns. Dentures are very delicate and can break easily if they are dropped. When handling your dentures, always hold them over a soft towel or fill your sink up with water.
Where to Store Dentures
Dentures can become warped if they dry out or are placed in hot water. When you are not wearing them, your dentures should always be kept in room temperature water or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.
Never wrap your dentures in a paper towel. They could easily be mistaken for trash and thrown away. Store smart by keeping your dentures far out of reach of kids and pets. Kids love to play with dentures and dogs love to chew them up.
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