When it comes to dentures, it’s important to follow best practices in order to ensure that they last for the long haul. Below are 7 rules you should follow for proper denture care.
1.) Soak Dentures at Night
It’s a good idea to soak dentures for 6-8 hours each day, which, turns out, is most easily done when you’re sleeping. Soaking your dentures in either warm water or a half-vinegar/half-water solution or special denture cleanser will help remove plaque, tartar, and stains.
2.) Practice Safe Handling
Dentures can break easily, so it’s a good idea to handle them with care to ensure that you don’t have to get them repaired after an accident of some sort.
3.) Pay Attention to How Your Dentures Fit
If your dentures are starting to not fit like they normally do, it’s important to see your dentist. Your bones and your gums can change over time, which might lead to improper denture fitting. If left unchecked, improper fitting dentures can leave sores and cause an immense amount of discomfort.
4.) Keep Your Mouth Clean
It’s important to keep your mouth clean when your dentures are in and out. Always give your mouth a good rinse after you take out your dentures and massage your gums with either a washcloth or a soft bristle toothbrush.
5.) Store Dentures in a Safe Place
It’s important to have a designated place to keep your dentures so you’re not scrambling to find them. Losing your dentures can end up being costly, so we’d like for you to avoid that.
6.) Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visiting your dentist is pivotal in maintaining your oral health while you wear dentures. Your dentist will be able to take note of any changes and help you adapt to any changes that occur in your mouth.
7.) Repair, Maintain, and Even Replace
Over time your dentures will need to be relined, rebased, and in some cases even remade due to natural wear and tear, not to mention changes in your face, gums, and jaw bones. Most dentures last anywhere from 5-10 years when taken care of properly.
If you have any additional questions about dentures, please contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We have a long track record of creating happy smiles.