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How to Properly Care for Your Dentures

added on: July 7, 2016

Dentures are an important investment for your oral health. They protect the missing spaces in your teeth by preventing bone loss as well as assist you with chewing and speaking.

Dentures can last a long time if you take care of them properly. Here are a few ways you can protect your dentures and extend their life span. If you have specific questions about how to take care of your dentures, please give us a call at Caring Smiles. We will be happy to answer all of your questions!

Handle with Care

Dentures can fracture or crack if you drop them, which is why we recommend folding a towel over your sink or at least putting a bath mat on your floor to soften the fall if you drop them on the floor. Dentures can also warp if they come into contact with hot water, so please remember to not hold them under a running faucet of hot water or leave them in a bowl of hot water. Always use lukewarm or cold water when submersing your dentures.

Brush with a Denture Brush, Not a Toothbrush

A denture brush is a soft-bristled brush that is tapered to reach hard-to-reach places. The bristles are softer than your normal toothbrush, and will not scratch the plastic of your dentures. If you use a toothbrush, you will leave very small, almost invisible scratches in the plastic which will become harbors for bacteria. This is unsanitary but may also cause your dentures to smell bad.

Don’t Let Your Dentures Dry Out

Dentures should be kept moist so when you’re not wearing them, it’s important to keep them in a denture cleansing soaking solutions or in water to prevent them from losing their shape and drying out. If your dentures have metal attachments, there is a possibility they may tarnish, so be sure to talk to your friendly dental team at Caring Smiles to find out the best practice for your dentures.

Dentures need special care but with appropriate cleaning and storing your dentures can last for many years. For any other questions about your dentures, call us today at Caring Smiles in Fort Collins, CO! We will thoroughly answer your questions and will help you understand the best way to care for your specific style of dentures.

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