Properly caring for your dentures not only means you will have them looking their best, it also contributes to the overall health of your mouth. Partial or full dentures require proper caring and cleaning routine to keep them clean and free from stains.
Even when you are not wearing your dentures, remember to keep them in a denture cleaning solution so they don’t dry out and lose their shape. They should never be placed in hot water, especially for an extended period of time, because it will cause them to warp. Talk to your dentist about the best place to keep your dentures, as some may have metal attachments that can tarnish if placed in a soaking solution.
Handle dentures with care to avoid accidentally dropping them. If possible, stand over a folded towel while handling them. Like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily to remove plaque, and other food residue. While brushing and rinsing daily is important, it is advisable to avoid using toothpaste, as it can create small scratches where plaque can build up. Instead, you can use a mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap for cleaning dentures; avoid hot or boiling water, and household cleaners like bleach, as they may too be destructive for dentures.
After eating, always remember to rinse the dentures to wash away food debris, and clean your mouth every time you remove the dentures. If you notice any part of your dentures that may be loose, contact your dentist immediately, irritation can occur and lead to possible infection. Regular dental checkups are necessary so the dentures can be examined and professionally cleaned.
Never attempt to repair or adjust dentures yourself, the result will often be permanently damaged dentures. More so, never glues or adhesives that are not certified for denture use, as they may contain harmful chemicals to the dentures and yourself.
Even if you take great care of your dentures, they will have to realigned over time. They may also need to be replaced, due to normal wear and changes to the face due to aging. Typically, dentures should be replaced every 5 to 7 years, as the daily wear will make replacement necessary.