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Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that you can take out of your mouth and put back on your own. While dentures are not real teeth, it’s just as important to take care of them just as you do your natural teeth. Here are some tips and tricks:
- Handle with care. Dentures are delicate, so when you’re handling them, stand over a plush towel (or at least a sink) in case you drop them. Be sure to store them out of the reach of children or pets, who may easily knock them to the floor.
- Keep them clean. Brush and rinse your dentures daily. Just like natural teeth, food, bacteria and plaque can build up on them. Brushing also helps keep them from getting stained. Many stores sell toothbrushes specifically designed to clean dentures. Brush your dentures with water. Don’t forget to clean your gums and tongue as well. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth, you want to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
- Don’t let them dry out. When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them soaking in water or a solution. Don’t use hot water because that can warp their shape. While you can certainly find many ultrasonic cleaners on the market (and they’re great tools), these are not a replacement for regular brushing. Look for products with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal.
- Consult your dentist. A dentist can help guide you towards the denture care routine that will work best for you. If you have any problems with your dentures, consult your dentist as soon as possible. Don’t attempt to repair them yourself.
It’s important that you take good care of your dentures to ensure they last as long as possible. Even with excellent care, you should still have your dentures relined, rebased or even remade after about five years or so. For more information about how you can care for your dentures, or to schedule a dental appointment, contact Floss Dental.