If you are a first-time denture wearer, there are a few things you will need to know about caring for your new denture. You likely spent a fair amount of money on it, so you want to make sure that it is going to last for many years. The best way to ensure this is by proper care and cleaning; a denture clinic should provide you with information to help you do this. Here are some tips that will keep your denture looking fresh and new for a long time to come.
Handling Your Denture
One thing you need to keep in mind when you have a denture is that it is very fragile and can break easily. When you remove your denture from your mouth, be sure to only do it over a towel or a sink filled with water. That way, if you do happen to drop the denture, it isn't going to break apart and need to be repaired or replaced, either of which will be costly.
Cleaning Your Denture
Cleaning your denture is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Plaque does build up on false teeth, and it must be removed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also use an electric toothbrush as long as the bristles are soft. You should already be in the habit of brushing your teeth regularly, and now you will need to include your denture in this daily ritual. While you are cleaning the denture, be sure to also clean your tongue and the roof of your mouth to get rid of as much plaque as possible. Only clean your denture with toothpaste, mild dish soap or hand soap. Do not try to clean them with household cleaners, as they are abrasive and can damage the materials the denture is made from.
Storing Your Denture
Some people like to wear their denture 24 hours a day, every day, and only take them out to clean them. Others prefer to take them out once in a while, particularly overnight. If the latter is your preference, make sure that you don't let them dry out. Always make sure that they are kept in water or in a recommended solution that is made for soaking dentures. Never soak them in hot water. Also, do not wrap your denture in Kleenex or paper towel as someone may mistake it for garbage and toss it out. Always keep your denture out of the reach of children and pets.