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Taking proper care of your dentures is very important, not only for maintaining the restoration for a long time but also for your general oral health. Continue reading more for some tips on how to correctly take care of your dentures.

  • Handle dentures carefully. In order to avoid accidentally dropping your restoration, try to stand over a full sink of water or folded towel when you are handling them.
  • Rinsing and brushing dentures daily. Remember not to use toothpaste while brushing your dentures. Toothpaste contains some abrasive materials which may create some scratches on your dentures; this would be a perfect place for food particles and bacteria to grow, multiply and build-up on. You need to treat your dentures just like your natural teeth, brush and rinse them daily in order to remove plaque and food particles. It also helps to prevent stains and discoloration of your dentures. There are some specially designed toothbrushes with soft bristles that may help you to clean your dentures. Never use a hard-bristled toothbrush, because they may wear down and damage such restoration. Use gentle movements while brushing and be careful not to damage your dentures around the bend or plastic attachments. After meals – make sure you rinse them.
  • Denture cleaner. You can clean your dentures with mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap. Try to avoid using bleachers. They may change the color of your dentures. There are some ultrasonic cleaners that may be a great alternative for cleaning your restoration. These cleaners resemble bathtubs. You pour cleaning solution into it and soak up your dentures. Sound waves create motions, which knocks out food particles and undesirable deposits. However, an ultrasonic cleaner can’t replace daily brushing, but they have high rates in creating a good effect and safety to such restorations.
  • Even when you are not wearing your dentures, you still need to take a proper care of them. They need to be kept moist because if they dry out, they might lose their shape. When you don’t wear your dentures, try to keep them in denture cleansing solution or water. But make sure you don’t soak your dentures in hot water, because it may cause them to wrap.


Never repair or adjust dentures yourself

Generally, you will have one or two appointments right after the release of your dentures. This visit is necessary to adjust the dentures so you wouldn’t feel pain or soreness. Never try to adjust or repair dentures on your own. Don’t even try to bend the clasp or other metal attachment because you can easily weaken the metal structure. All of that can damage your dentures permanently and other glues can be toxic because of harmful chemicals which they contain. If you experience any sores or irritation in your mouth, if one of the teeth becomes loose, or there is any cracks, chips or even if the denture breaks, make sure you contact your dentist instead of trying fix problems yourself. In most cases, such problems can be fixed the same day. In more complicated cases your dentures might need to be sent to the dental laboratory to solve the additional problems.

When will I need to replace my dentures?

With age and time your jaw bones, face and gums changes, so your dentures can become loose. Moreover, due to wear, your dentures may need adjustments, such as relining, rebasing or total reconstruction. During relining and rebasing your dentist refits the base of the dentures or remakes the base of dentures, by using the same teeth. All in all, dentures, in general, should last from 5 to 7 years.

Taking care of your mouth and gums

Even if you don’t have any teeth left, it is very important to brush your palate, tongue, and gums every morning before putting dentures back in your mouth. It not only removes plaque and bacteria from your mouth, but brushing also stimulates the blood circulation in your mouth. Moreover, you need to pay extra attention to those teeth, on which metal clasps fixes. In the clasp’s area because bacteria tend to accumulate the most and there is a higher risk for tooth decay. So if you have partial dentures, make sure you take them out before brushing your natural teeth. You need not only brush your gums but also to massage them regularly. What’s more, you should rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water, which is very valuable for cleaning your gums. Proper nutrition and balanced diet may also influence your mouth’s health.

Regular visits to your dentist

Many patients who have dentures ask how often patients should see their prosthodontist. You should follow your dentist’s suggestions on how often you may need to see your dentist, but normally it should happen every six months. Regular checkups are important not only to check if your dentures fit but also to examine your mouth and check if there are any signs of such oral diseases as cancer. Moreover, if you have some teeth left, you need to get them professionally cleaned.

If you are considering dentures or you need some adjustments on the dentures you have, feel free to visit us at Beverly Hills Dental Center. You can schedule your appointment by calling us: (310) 659-7063.