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Care for Dentures

Here are some tips for how to take care of your dentures:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating to remove food debris and loose particles.
  • Clean your dentures daily:

    • Gently brush your denture with a soft bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive denture cleaner or mild soap.  Regular toothpaste is not advised because it is too abrasive which can lead to damage of your denture.
    • Place dentures in a mild denture soaking solution to help lift stains and kill bacteria. Remember to rinse after soaking your denture in the solution.
    • Reminder: Do not use hot water when soaking or brushing your denture.
  • Clean your mouth daily:

    • Even though you have dentures, you still need to take care of the tissues inside your mouth.

      • Gently brush your gums, tongue, roof of the mouth and cheeks with a soft bristled toothbrush.
      • Use a mouth rinse.
  • Remove dentures overnight:

    •  This will allow your gum tissues to rest and breathe.
  • Soak dentures overnight:

    • Most dentures need to remain moist in order to keep their shape. Check with your dentist first about properly storing your denture overnight.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist:

    • We recommend that you still see your dentist at least once per year.  During this appointment the dentist will:

      • Examine your oral tissues and look for any changes or sores that could be cancerous.
      • Check your denture to make sure it is fitting properly.
      • A panoramic x-ray may be taken every 3-5 years to examine for any dental problems. This x-ray will capture the upper and lower jaws as well as the surrounding structures and tissues.
      • Give oral hygiene and denture care instructions

– from Becca W. (Dental Hygienist)

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