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How Can I Take Excellent Care of My Dentures?

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthompson @ 8:56 pm

People have used false teeth to address severe tooth loss for centuries, but dentures today are many steps up from the ivory teeth George Washington wore. Today’s dentures are marvelously lifelike so that passers-by don’t realize patients are wearing them and incredibly comfortable so that patients often forget that they’re wearing them at all. However, dentures need proper care to look great, work well, and last for a long time. Here are a few of the habits that can allow your dentures to last for ten years or more.

How Can I Keep My Dentures Clean?

While dentures are made out of durable materials, they require proper hygiene to remain free from unsightly stains and plaque buildup that can cause bad breath. The first rule to follow is to take out and rinse your dentures when you are done eating. The running water will eliminate much of the food debris and other particles. You should also use a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth, tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth after you take your dentures out.

It’s also important to brush your dentures at least once a day. Use a soft brush and an approved denture cleaner to eliminate food debris, plaque, and buildup of other particles. Cleaning products that are too harsh or abrasive can scratch or damage your dentures. Never use denture cleansers inside the mouth.

When Do I Need to Soak My Dentures?

Even though modern dentures are astoundingly comfortable, your mouth still needs eight hours away from them every day to rest and clean itself. Constant denture wear can lead to oral infections or exhaustion of the gum tissue and jawbones, causing them to recede more quickly. Most patients remove their dentures before going to bed, and it’s crucial that dentures be soaked when out of the mouth to prevent them from drying out and warping. Place your dentures in an approved denture-soaking solution or lukewarm water.

How Can I Protect My Dentures from Damage?

Mishandling dentures can damage them, causing them to lose their fit or to become unusable altogether. Never use hot or cold water to clean your dentures as they can cause the appliance to warp or break. Whenever you take your dentures out of your mouth to clean them, fill the basin of your sink with lukewarm water and cover your countertop with folded towels. This will provide a cushion in case you drop them.

Dentures are designed to be a long-term investment. With proper care and maintenance, you can keep your dentures looking great and in working order for upwards of ten years.

About the Author

Dr. John T. Thompson earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1985 and has completed many hours of postgraduate education. He is proud to be a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Practice, and the Texas Dental Association. Areas of expertise include general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry as well as denture services. For more information on caring for your dentures, contact the office online or dial (361) 242-3151.

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