At South Granville Dentistry our dentists understand that it takes time to get used to caring for dentures properly. So, while you get used to your new teeth, here are some tips from our Vancouver dentists on how to keep your dentures in tip-top condition.
Dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore the look and function of your smile. To help keep your new smile looking and working it's very best, caring for your new dentures properly is essential.
Clean Dentures Daily
As with natural teeth, it is important to brush and clean your dentures every day.
Simply use plain water and a soft denture brush to gently brush and clean your dentures. Take your time and be sure to clean every area of your dentures.
When cleaning around attachments be particularly careful, since these can bend. Do not use toothpaste on your new dentures. Toothpaste is too harsh could damage them.
After eating, rinse your dentures with cool water to remove food particles and keep your dentures looking their best.
Soak Dentures Each Night
Soaking dentures every night can help to make them easier to clean. Soaking will help to loosen the plaque and tartar that builds up on the dentures, making it easier to brush.
Remove your dentures as you are going to bed each night and leave them to soak in plain warm water or denture cleaning solution. (Note: If your dentures have metal attachments, avoid using denture solutions since these can cause metal to tarnish.)
While soaking can help to make your dentures easier to clean, it does not take the place of proper cleaning. A daily routine of soaking and brushing thoroughly is key to keeping your dentures in tip-top condition for years to come.
Treat Dentures With Care
Our dentists suggest placing a folded towel in the sink, (or on the bathroom vanity), while you are handling your dentures. That way, if you accidentally drop your dentures the towel can act as a cushion to help protect your dentures from being damaged.
Store your dentures safely in water whenever you aren't wearing them, to prevent them from drying out.