Denture Care Tips

An older couple smiles with dentures and embrace while sitting on a couch

For many patients with missing teeth, dentures deliver a smile that looks and feels younger and healthier. Modern dentures are comfortable and convenient, but they do require maintenance, even if you have only partial dentures. Read on for some tips on how to care for your dentures.

  1. Clean Daily
  2. In order to keep your dentures looking new and to ensure optimal oral health, you’ll want to clean your dentures daily. Avoid using toothpaste, as its abrasiveness can cause tiny scratches where plaque and debris will find a home. The best approach to cleaning your dentures is to rinse them, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub them with a special denture cleanser. If you have any remaining natural teeth, clean these with traditional toothpaste.

  3. Soak Nightly
  4. Remember to soak your dentures every night while you sleep in water or a liquid denture cleaner. Dentures need to stay moist or they can lose their shape.

  5. Rinse After Meals
  6. While you don’t need to brush your dentures following each meal, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of rinsing them following any food intake. Simply running some water over the dentures will get rid of food or other debris that attached to the dentures while you were chewing.

  7. Think About Your Mouth Health
  8. If you have a full set of dentures, it can be easy to lose sight of your mouth health as a whole, since you no longer have natural teeth to brush or floss. However, it’s still important that you clean your mouth. When the dentures are removed, use a soft toothbrush or gauze to gently scrub your gums and tongue. This will help your gums stay healthy. If you currently have dentures you attach with adhesives, ask us about securing your dentures with dental implants. Not only do implant-supported dentures stay put throughout the day, but they help keep your jawbone from deteriorating.

Dentures in Rochester Hills & St. Clair Shores

If you wear dentures, be sure to visit us regularly so we can check their fit, track your oral health, and answer your dental-related questions. And if you’re interested in learning more about dentures, or our other restorative dentistry services, reach out to Hillstream Dental! We look forward to helping you improve your oral health.

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