It is really important to take good care of your dentures. Not only do you want them to last a very long time, but also it is important for good dental health. Your mouth, gums, and remaining teeth need to stay healthy.
Here are some tips about how to take good care of your dentures:
Handle your dentures as little as possible and do so carefully in order to avoid breaking them. Remove them only when you are standing over a sink or table so that if you do drop them, they don’t have as far to fall. Place a towel under you to avoid a crack in the event they do fall.
Clean your dentures regularly. Dentures need to be cleaned every day just like regular teeth. They are prone to getting food and plaque buildup. However, make sure you use denture cleaner and not toothpaste, which can damage dentures. Rinse your mouth after eating and in between brushing to keep your dentures clean.
Talk to your dentist about the proper care of your dentures when you are not wearing them. Most dentures need to be kept moist. This keeps them from drying out and losing their shape or becoming brittle. However, not all dentures can be soaked in a cleanser, so it is important to discuss how best to care for your dentures with your dentist.