Caring For Your Dentures
So you’ve just received your first pair of dentures, and you’re finally able to smile and eat again with confidence. At this point, doubtless, you’re wanting to protect your investment as long as possible so you can extend the life of your dentures. Caring for your dentures isn’t complicated, but it does require a certain amount of diligence to ensure they don’t become damaged, stained, or malformed. We’re happy to bring you into your new life with dentures and help you understand what you can do to enjoy them as long as possible.
Safely Cleaning Your Dentures
The majority of incidents resulting in damage to dentures happen when cleaning them. When you prepare to clean your dentures it makes sense to take some protective measures to prevent them from becoming chipped or damaged if you drop them. A full sink of water is a great start, as the water will slow down the dentures and provide some protection from the hard ceramic of the sink. Better still, place down a towel in the sink while you clean them. A soft landing is a sure way to prevent them from becoming chipped or broken if you drop them.
Effective Cleaning Ensures Beauty and Strength
Now that you have your cleaning area prepared, its time to clean away the food and debris of the day. One of the conveniences of dentures is the ability to remove and clean them, but it’s essential to make sure you do it properly. It starts with a soft-bristled brush that won’t harm the material of the dentures, followed by thoroughly cleaning them with a denture safe solvent. Taking the extra step to rinse them after every meal will go a long way to preserving their longevity. To get your dentures extra-clean you can use an ultrasonic cleaner to get into the nooks or crannies, but be certain you still brush them by hand.
Use The Right Products
Let’s go back to that denture safe solvent mentioned earlier. Your dentures will be soaked each night in either water or a cleaning solution to protect their structure and ensure they’re clean and safe. Hand soap or even dishwashing liquid is a good choice for washing them (but not soaking them in), while toothpaste is generally too abrasive. Once they’ve been cleaned and rinsed, simply leave them to soak so they don’t dry out or lose their shape.
So that’s it! A short and complete guide to ensuring that your dentures stand the test of time. If you want to bring more questions to us about how to protect and clean your dentures, feel free to give Alvarado Family Dental Center a call. Our staff can provide basic information on denture care, or you can make an appointment to come in and talk to Dr. Alireza Movassaghi at our Alvarado, CA office. Dentures provide a significant boost in quality of life for patients who have been living with many missing teeth, and we’re proud to provide them affordably to so many of our patient family.