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How Do I Take Care Of My Dentures?

Proper denture care is important for both the health of your dentures and your mouth. Learning to clean your dentures is a little different from cleaning your natural teeth. The following are some tips to help you clean your dentures easily.

Dentures like other objects may break if dropped. Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling dentures. When you are not wearing them, store them in water away from the reach of children and pets. Just like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Every day brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained, reduces bad odors and helps your mouth stay healthy. It's best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used.

Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage the surface of your dentures.

Avoid using powdered household cleansers, which may be too abrasive.

Avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture.

Your dentist can recommend a denture cleanser that is best for your denture and tell you how often to use the cleanser.

The first step in cleaning dentures is to rinse away loose food particles thoroughly.

Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

Dentures may lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out. When they are not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Your dentist can recommend the best method.

Never place dentures in hot water, which can cause them to warp.

Ultrasonic cleaners are also used to care for dentures. However, using an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily brushing.

Even with partial or full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures to help prevent and remove any plaque buildup and stimulate circulation in the mouth.

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