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FAQs and Tips: How to Care for Your Dentures

Denture Care Tips

Handle your dentures with care. To avoid accidental breakage by dropping them, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling them.

Be sure to brush and rinse your dentures daily. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food and plaque from their surfaces. Brushing also helps prevent the development of permanent, unsightly stains.

Always use a brush with soft bristles that is specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush that can cause damage to your dentures.

Gently brush all surfaces of your dentures, and be careful not to damage the plastic or bend any of its attachments. In between brushings, rinse your dentures after every meal. Don’t forget about your gums; regular brushing with a soft toothbrush stimulates the tissues and promotes blood flow to the area.

Remove your dentures while you sleep to allow your tissues and oral cavity to rest. Store your dentures in a denture container with some water in it to keep the dentures moist.

Never try to adjust your dentures yourself! Take them to a dental professional for all adjustments.

Don’t wear ill-fitting, loose dentures! Get them checked immediately to avoid excessive pressure on your gums and bones, which can result in painful spots and even bone shrinkage if left untreated.

Be sure to check for worn teeth from time to time and visit your denture professional for regular check-ups. Just as you would go to the dentist for routine check-ups on your natural teeth, you should go to the denture specialist for routine check-ups and preventative maintenance.

Regularly see your dentist for assessment of the oral tissues and bone.

Dentures should soak in a denture cleansing solution or in cool water. If your dentures contain metal attachments, these attachments could tarnish if placed in a soaking solution for longer than the recommended time. Your denturist can recommend the best methods for caring for your particular type of denture.

  • Why see a denturist for my dentures?
    A denturist personally deals with every step of fabricating your dentures, from the initial consultation to the aftercare and adjustments. We personally fabricate your dentures in an onsite laboratory, allowing us to ensure quality construction of your appliance. Denturists specialize in denture fabrication and maintenance and can assist you in any of your denture-related needs.
  • Do I still need to have annual exams?
    Yes. Even though you have dentures, you should still see your dental professionals regularly. Your denturist can monitor the condition of your oral cavity and dentures, ensuring proper fit and oral health. It is also recommended that you see your dentist regularly so that they can take radiographs to assess the health of your bones and oral cavity.
  • How long will my dentures last?
    Over time, dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or changes in the condition of your tissues. Bone and gum ridges can resorb due to aging, weight loss, loss of natural teeth, and disease or illness. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and speaking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems. Most standard dentures require relining after two years and replacement after five years. Your denturist can assess the condition of your existing dentures and recommend which procedure will benefit you the most.
  • Do I need to remove my dentures?
    Yes. Dentures are meant to be worn throughout the day and removed while you sleep. Removing the dentures relieves the pressure on your tissues and ridges, prevents damage to dentures if you clench or grind your teeth, and will allow your tissues to rest while you sleep.
  • Will dentures affect my speech?
    A new set of dentures will take a bit of time to get used to. Reading aloud, talking to family and friends, and repeating difficult words or phrases will help. Soon, you will be speaking normally again.
  • Will my dentures be comfortable?
    New dentures may feel awkward or even uncomfortable for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness during this period. You may also find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should diminish. It is also common for irritation to develop if your dentures require relining or replacement. If any problems persist, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your denturist.
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