Caring for Your Dentures
Along with making sure they fit well, it is important to take good care of your dentures. Here are some tips to keep your dentures working and looking their best:
Never sleep with your dentures. Your dentist may advise you to sleep in your dentures for a short time after you first get them so that your mouth can adapt to the dentures. This should be the only time you sleep in your dentures.
Handle dentures with care. Your dentures are delicate and can break easily. When holding your dentures, stand over a sink filled with water or place a towel on the counter. That way your dentures will be protected in case you accidentally drop them. Also, keep your dentures safely out of reach of children and pets.
Clean your dentures daily. Here are some tips for cleaning your dentures:
- Soak your dentures overnight in a denture cleaner.
- Thoroughly clean them each morning before putting them in your mouth.
- Use a soft-bristled brush or special denture-cleaning brush.
- You can use plain soap and warm water or ask your dentist to recommend a denture cleaner.
- Never use powdered household cleaners or bleach on your dentures.
Clean your mouth daily. Clean and massage your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth each day before putting in your dentures. This will help keep your mouth healthy.
Store your dentures properly. When your dentures are not in your mouth, store them in a denture-cleaning solution or warm water. Do not use hot water. Hot water may cause your dentures to lose their shape.
Don't use toothpicks. Toothpicks can damage your dentures.
Wearing dentures can be hard at first. It may take time to get used to them. But you can prevent denture problems by taking good care of your dentures and seeing your dentist every six months for regular checkups. If you notice changes to the way your dentures fit or any other mouth problems, see your dentist right away.