Getting dentures does not mean you no longer need to take care of your oral health. Your new dentures and the inside of your mouth still need special care. The following guidelines will keep your mouth healthy and help your dentures last a long time.
Protect Your Dentures: Place a folded towel in the bathroom sink when you remove your dentures to protect them from damage if they are dropped.
Keep Them Clean: It is important to brush your dentures daily to prevent plaque, stains, and bacteria buildup. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and clean gently to prevent damage. Do not use regular toothpaste as it is too abrasive. Gentle hand soaps or dish soaps are usually good options or you can buy a product specifically for dentures. You may also consider getting an ultrasonic cleaner that uses sound waves to clean as an addition to your brushing routine.
Prevent Damage: Always choose gentle, non-abrasive products. Never put your dentures in hot water, they can be stored in cold water when you are not wearing them. Avoid colored mouthwashes or other products that might stain the teeth and bleach that can lighten the color of the gums.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy: Brush your gums and all of the other areas of your mouth every morning before putting your dentures in.
Partial Dentures: The areas where partial dentures clasp to your natural teeth are especially prone to cavities or gum disease if they are not cleaned carefully. Remove your false teeth before cleaning the remaining ones to be sure that plaque and bacteria are removed thoroughly. Stay up to date with dental exams as damaging or losing an anchor tooth could be disastrous.
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