Our dentists at Guildford Heights Dental centre in Surrey understand that you may need some time to get used to wearing and caring for your new dentures. Here are some ways to keep your dentures in excellent condition as you adjust to your new routine.
If you are missing teeth, dentures can help restore the function and appearance of your smile. If you are new to wearing dentures, you’ll need to learn how to keep your new teeth looking and feeling their best. To do that, proper cleaning and caring are essential. Your dentist will provide specific instructions about how to care for your new dentures. Today, we’ll share a few tried and true tips to help you get started.
How to Keep Your Dentures Clean
Take time to brush your dentures thoroughly every day, just like you would your natural teeth. Follow the same timeline - brushing well for two minutes twice each day - to keep your new smile white.
However, we recommend against using regular toothpaste to complete this task, as it’s too harsh and may damage delicate dentures. Simply rinse them with plain water and use a soft denture brush to clean them.
When cleaning around any attachments, be extra cautious since they may bend. After eating and between brushings, ensure your dentures remain in mint condition by rinsing them with cool running water. This will also help wash away any food particles and bacteria that have stuck to them.
How to Keep Your Dentures in Good Condition
For an easy cleaning routine, soak your dentures nightly in addition to brushing them. This helps to loosen plaque and tartar that often builds up on dentures throughout the day. It can also help to make brushing more effective.
Before going to bed, remove your dentures and soak them in plain warm water or a denture cleaning solution. Remember to avoid using denture solutions if your dentures have metal attachments, as these solutions may tarnish the metal.
By brushing and soaking your dentures every day, you’ll help your smile stay bright, and keep your dentures feeling great in your mouth.
Preventing Damage to Your Dentures
Each time you put your dentures back in or remove them from your mouth, it may help to place a folded towel in the sink or on your bathroom vanity to act as a cushion. This way, your dentures will have some protection from damage in case they are accidentally dropped.
Another tip: Whenever you remove your dentures, soak them in water to prevent them from drying out.