Follow These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Dentures

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Life without teeth is hard. Fortunately, a beautiful set of custom dentures from our dentist can restore your appearance and increase your oral function. Since dentures are an investment and something that you will use every day, you need to take special care of them.

Clean Your Dentures Each Day

Dentures might be made from disease-resistant materials but they can still harbor dangerous bacteria if they aren’t cleaned properly. Not cleaning your dentures could increase your risks for gum disease and infections like thrush. Inadequate cleaning can also lead to them developing stains.

You should clean your dentures with a toothbrush designed to brush prosthetics and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Be sure to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, too.

Never Soak Them in Hot Water

Dentures need to stay moist. Their acrylic bases can warp when they’re dry. This is why it’s important to soak them when they’re not in your mouth. When you soak your dentures, use cold or lukewarm water. Hot water can warp the acrylic of your dentures, causing them to fit improperly.

Handle with Care

Your dentures can break if they’re dropped onto hard surfaces. When you take your dentures out for cleaning and soaking, be sure to handle with care. If you drop your dentures and they land on a hard surface, their porcelain and acrylic structures can crack or break. Broken dentures will need to be repaired or replaced, which takes time because they’re custom made in dental laboratories.

Take Them Out When You Sleep

Unless your dentures cannot be removed because they are retained by dental implants, they should be taken out every night to soak. Taking your dentures out while you sleep allows your gums to rest and gives you an opportunity to clean your dentures and soak them. Keeping your dentures clean and moist is essential for optimal oral health. It will also extend their lifespan.

Our dentist provides beautiful full and partial dentures as a solution to tooth loss. Call our team at Towson Dental Care to reserve a tooth replacement consultation.