Taking Care Of Your Dentures: Dos And Don'Ts

If you have received or are receiving dentures in the near future, it is important that you learn how to properly care for them in order for them to last and maintain a proper fit.  If you fail to take care of your dentures the right way, it can lead to premature wear and/or unnecessary repair and replacement costs. So, to avoid all of this and ensure that your dentures last for years to come, here are a few things that you should keep mind when it comes to caring for your dentures.

Do — Remove Your Dentures at Nighttime

While your dentures may not feel comfortable right at first, you will grow into them over time and they will likely fit perfectly. This may make it seem like you should wear them 24/7, however, it is important that they are removed at nighttime. The constant friction that the dentures provide against your gums can result in irritation and sores. Plus, dentures need to be soaked in a cleansing solution overnight to ensure that they remain pliable and maintain their form.

Do — Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits

In addition to your dentures needing to be soaked overnight, it is also imperative that you take the time to clean them each time you take them out. All you need to use is a mild soap (avoid toothpaste since it is too abrasive) and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Prior to replacing your dentures back into your mouth, rinse your mouth thoroughly.

Don't — Use Excessive Adhesive

Denture adhesives help prevent slippage, but if you use too much adhesive, it can cause long-term damage. For example, some adhesives can cause mouth sores, which may become infected. If you notice your dentures are consistently loose, talk to your dentist about an adjustment.

Don't — Attempt Your Own Denture Repairs

If you have any issues with your dentures, always consult with your dentist and never attempt to make repairs yourself. This includes any chips or cracks that may cause oral injuries or affect the way your dentures fit in the mouth. If you try to fix the problem yourself, it could result in further damage and inconvenience on your end — as well as additional expense.

It's always better to be safe than sorry. If you have any questions regarding the proper care of your dentures, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional dentist like Sidney Dental Associates Inc