How to care for your Denture
Proper denture care is important for both the health of your denture and mouth. Here are some tips:
Handle dentures with great care. To avoid accidently dropping dentures stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling them.
Brush and rinse your dentures daily. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food and plaque. Brushing also helps prevent the development of permanent stains on the denture. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush as it can wear down dentures. Only use soft-bristled brushes that are specifically designed for cleaning dentures. In between brushings rinse your dentures after every meal.
Clean with a denture cleaner. Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid can be used for cleaning dentures. Household cleaners and many types of toothpaste are too abrasive for your denture and should not be used. Also avoid bleach and vinegar as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture.
Denture care when not being worn. Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not being worn dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or water. Dentures should never be placed in hot water, as it can cause them to warp.
What to expect:
- Your first few weeks your new denture(s) will feel foreign when placed in your mouth. It may take several days or even a few weeks before you feel accustomed to them.
- It is common to experience a sore spot after first wearing a denture(s). They can be relieved with very little effort on your next appointment, which is usually in one week. Please call the office if you need to come in before then.
- The new bite may not feel completely comfortable for a period of days. We will adjust the contacting surfaces at your next dental visit.