Caring for your dentures is a crucial aspect of maintaining their longevity and ensuring they serve you well. While they differ from natural teeth, understanding what not to do is just as important as knowing the right care routine. As the proud owner of Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, we are here to guide you through the top 5 don’ts for denture care, guaranteeing your smile remains radiant and your dentures stay in pristine condition.
- Handle with Care: Avoid Dropping Them! Your dentures may be durable, but they are not indestructible. Mishandling them while cleaning can lead to damage. Think of your dentures as delicate china teacups, and to avoid accidents, clean them over a water-filled sink or use a hand towel as a cushion on your countertop. Should butterfingers strike, your dentures will have a soft landing, sparing them from any harm.
- Toothpaste is a No-Go: Opt for Gentle Cleansers Toothpaste, with its abrasive properties, is unsuitable for dentures, as it can create microscopic scratches where bacteria may lurk and thrive. Instead, opt for dental cleansers or mild dish soap when cleaning your dentures. Always use a soft-bristle brush, ideally designed for denture care, or a “baby” toothbrush in case of an emergency.
- Keep Them Moist: Avoid Drying Out While wearing dentures to bed is not recommended, it is essential to keep them moist when not in use. Allow your gums to rest by removing and cleaning your dentures before sleeping. Always store them in a denture soaking solution or water to prevent cracking or warping. However, refrain from using hot water, as it can damage the denture’s shape.
- Don’t Neglect the Rest of Your Mouth Even with dentures, maintaining oral hygiene is crucial. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft bristle brush to remove debris and bacteria, ensuring fresh breath and improved circulation. For those with partial dentures, remove them before brushing your natural teeth with fluoride toothpaste, paying close attention to areas where metal clasps attach.
- Address Fitting Issues Promptly Ignoring discomfort caused by ill-fitting dentures is a mistake. Custom-made dentures may require some adjustments initially, so don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you experience significant discomfort. Over time, as your mouth adjusts and changes, regular adjustments will be necessary. During your routine checkups, inform your dentist about any changes in how your dentures fit or feel, allowing them to perform necessary readjustments, re-lining, or replacements based on your specific needs.