Proper Care Can Extend the Life of Your Dentures
Today’s dentures are made from advanced materials designed for longevity and natural-looking results. However, dentures are not indestructible. Just like natural teeth, you need to care for and protect your restorations to help them look and feel great for many years to come.
Dr. Stephen E. Rogers and the Greater Long Island Dental team can educate you on proper denture care during your in-office consultation. With proper cleaning and care, many dentures can last for several years before needing replacement. Our team is committed to helping patients in Massapequa, NY, and throughout Long Island keep their dentures functional and good-looking for as long as possible. To help you do so, we also recommend biannual visits to our office to assess the integrity of your dentures.
How to Care for Your Dentures
Dentures are an investment. Like your natural teeth, they require outstanding care. To care for your dentures at home, it is important to remember:
- Dentures are delicate: They can break very easily if they are dropped. Dropping them even just a few inches above a hard surface like a bathroom sink can damage them. When rinsing your dentures, place a folded towel on the surface of the sink to give them some cushion if they slip.
- Handle your dentures with care: The plastic and clasps can easily bend or break when cleaning. Brush gently and do not attempt to adjust the dentures yourself.
- Do not allow your dentures to dry out: Keep them hydrated at all times to maintain their shape. Every night, you should store them in water at room temperature or a dentist-prescribed cleaning solution.
- Your dentures are not immune to plaque and tartar: Brush your remaining teeth, cheeks, tongue, and dentures after every meal and before bedtime. This will help remove food particles, lessen the chances for plaque buildup, and remove any dental adhesive remaining on your gums and teeth.
- Don’t forget about your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth: These areas all need to be brushed with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. Brushing these areas will stimulate circulation in your tissues as well as remove any plaque buildup.
- Rinse your dentures thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth: This will remove any residue from the denture-soaking solution, which could be hazardous to your health if swallowed.
Cleaning your dentures daily, soaking them overnight, and visiting our practice every six months are the best ways to extend the life of your restoration.
What to Avoid When Cleaning Your Dentures
To extend the longevity of your dentures, you should avoid:
- Using stiff-bristled toothbrushes, strong cleansers, and harsh toothpaste. Abrasive cleaning materials can damage the texture of your dentures.
- Whitening toothpaste or products containing bleach. These can discolor and weaken your dentures.
- Solutions that contain chlorine. Soaking your dentures chlorine solutions will tarnish and corrode the metal attachments.
- Using hot or boiling water to clean or soak your dentures. This can warp or distort them.
When in doubt, contact the Greater Long Island Dental team.
Biannual Dental Visits Are Also Essential
Keeping up with your regular dental visits every six months is just as important as maintaining proper oral care at home. During your visits, Dr. Rogers will examine the state of your dentures, professionally clean your restorations, and check that they fit properly to prevent slippage. Loose dentures can cause pressure and friction to your gum tissues and bones, creating a greater chance for infections to occur. If your dentures no longer fit or are damaged, it is imperative that you contact our office immediately.
Consult with a Professional
Cleaning your dentures daily, soaking them overnight, and visiting our practice every six months are the best ways to extend the life of your restoration. If you ever find yourself wondering whether a certain cleaning technique is recommended, it is best to contact your dental office first. To learn more about dentures and oral healthcare, please contact us today online or call Greater Long Island Dental at (516) 468-7103.
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