How to Care for Dentures

Dentist holding dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetics that are worn to replace missing teeth. They are typically made of acrylic and metal, and they rest on the gums.

Dentures can be full or partial and can be used for cosmetic and functional purposes. Dentures offer numerous benefits, including improved appearance, increased confidence, and better oral health. Dentures can also help preserve the face’s shape by providing support for the cheeks. For many people, dentures offer a life-changing solution to tooth loss.

Cleaning Your Dentures

Just like regular teeth, dentures accumulate plaque and food particles. Without proper cleaning, the accumulation of plaque can lead to negative consequences, like gum disease. So, it is vital to clean your dentures regularly.

To clean your dentures, follow these steps:

  • Remove your dentures, rinse them with warm water, and place them on a soft surface like a towel.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the surface of your dentures manually. You should be thorough yet gentle to avoid scratching the denture’s surface. You can use water or make a solution of water with a denture cleanser or mild soap (uncolored.)
  • Thoroughly rinse the dentures with warm water after cleaning them.
  • If you will not be replacing the dentures immediately after cleaning, place them in room-temperature water or a denture-soaking solution. This prevents the dentures from drying, which can cause them to weaken or lose their shape.

Denture Maintenance Tips

While cleaning your dentures is relatively straightforward, there are some other aspects of denture maintenance to keep in mind.

  • Do Not Use Toothpaste on Your Dentures. Toothpaste formulas include abrasive ingredients that may damage the surface of the dentures. Use a dedicated denture cleaning solution if you wish to clean your dentures with something besides water.
  • Clean Your Dentures Regularly. You should clean your dentures twice a day: once when you awake in the morning and once before going to sleep at night.
  • Brush Your Gums. Twice daily, remove your dentures and gently brush your gums and tongue with toothpaste to prevent gum disease.
  • Rinse Dentures After Eating. You should rinse your dentures under clean running water after each meal. This prevents the build-up of food particles and bacterial growth.
  • Remove Dentures Before Sleep. You should never sleep in your dentures. Remove them and place them in room-temperature water to soak overnight.
  • Visit the Dentist Regularly. Patients with dentures should visit the dentist every six months for proper monitoring and maintenance.

How to Tell if There is a Problem With Your Dentures

Dentures can last between 5 and 10 years if properly maintained; however, some circumstances require attention from a dentist.

Schedule a visit with your dentist if you are experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Your dentures no longer fit properly or slide around in your mouth.
  • Your dentures hurt you or are uncomfortable.
  • Your dentures squeak, crack, or make noise when chewing or talking.
  • You have developed wounds in the mouth or gums.

Denture Care at Hinsdale Dental

Dentures can significantly improve the quality of life for patients with missing teeth. They restore chewing functionality and improve your smile while maintaining your natural face shape.

If you think you need dentures or need help maintaining your dentures, schedule a consultation with Hinsdale Dental by calling (630) 323-5200 today. Our dental professionals can develop a treatment plan to help you restore your natural smile.

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