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On December 18th, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining Your Dentures

Wade Klimpke
the ultimate guide to maintaining your dentures

Just like organic teeth, there are certain habits you should maintain when it comes to keeping your dentures clean. The importance of clean dentures can not be overstated, as they can affect the quality of your oral health.

This guide will feature some helpful tips and tricks on maintaining and cleaning your dentures as well as tell you some practices you might want to avoid performing. However, not all mouths are the same so please speak with your dental practitioner to find the best practices for you and your oral health.

Placing Your Dentures In

Dentures are made for your mouth, moulded in such a way to simulate organic teeth as much a way to simulate organic teeth. For the most part, dentures use denture adhesive to keep them set and secure. 

When using denture adhesive, place only a little bit on the inside grooves where your gums go. If you place your gums in and see the adhesive overflowing, remove the excess adhesive by wiping it away. Do not swallow the adhesive.

Close your mouth firmly for a couple seconds and avoid eating and drinking for about five minutes as the adhesive cures in your mouth. For the best results, speak with your dentist to find the best practices for your own dentures.

Handle Your Dentures With Care

Dentures can be very delicate. In fact, after just a few drops, your dentures can crack teeth or even lose their shape. Even when cleaning, bending or morphing your dentures in any way can cause them to warp and not fit the same. 

Remove & Rinse After Eating

After every meal, it is a good practice to remove your dentures and clean them. By running them under the tap, you can help remove food scraps and other loose particles that might have built up during the course of your meal. Leaving food or other particles on your dentures can help form gum disease if left unchecked.

It is recommended you should rinse your dentures over a sink with water or a towel to avoid dropping it and causing damage.

Brush Twice A Day, Every Day

Sometimes the best practices for both organic and artificial teeth are exactly the same. It is recommended that you brush your dentures twice a day, every day. To do so, use a soft bristle brush and a denture cleanser to clean off food, plaque, and other loose particles that may have gotten lodged in between the teeth.

If you are using denture adhesive, make sure this is cleaned off as well before placing it back inside your mouth.

Soak Your Dentures At Night

Keeping your dentures in warm (not hot) water overnight helps them retain their shape while they are not in use. Depending on the type of dentures you have, you might need to soak them in a denture solution overnight as well. Your dentist can also give you advice on the best practices for storing your dentures when they are not in use.

smiling senior woman maintaining her dentures

What To Avoid

As with all the advice on this list, it is best to speak to your dentist to know exactly what you can and can’t do with your dentures. But some common things to avoid are:

  • Soaking dentures with metal components in denture solutions containing chlorine. This can corrode the metal and cause issues like slippage or infections if not treated carefully.
  • Using hot water to clean your dentures. Hot water can warp the shape of your dentures.
  • Using rough or stiff materials to clean your dentures. These could damage or even break your dentures if you are not careful. Always use soft-bristled brushes or other doctor-recommended cleaning tools to maintain your denture quality.

See Your Denturist Regularly

By making regularly scheduled trips to see your denturist, they can keep an even better eye on the overall health of your mouth as well as maintain the quality of your dentures. Your denturist can also help you with issues like slippage and discomfort with your dentures.

Your denturist is your number one source of information when it comes to denture health.

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