Saint Louis Dentures Dentist Discusses How to Extend the Life of Your Dentures

Written by Dr. Grayem on Aug 16, 2011

Dentures are a tried and true tooth replacement solution. Although they have been used for years, the modern incarnations of dentures are more comfortable, natural looking, and long lasting than ever before. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, dentures require some special care to keep them looking and feeling good.

Maintaining dentures is simply a matter of cleaning your dentures and your mouth and natural teeth appropriately. In order for your dentures to fit well and feel comfortable, your gum tissue and natural teeth must be healthy as well. Here are some recommendations from our Saint Louis dentures dentists:

·       After you eat, remove your dentures and take the time to rinse them out. This will help to flush out particles of food that were trapped by your dentures, so they won’t irritate your gums or contribute to infection.

·       Once a day clean your dentures with a denture cleaner. Don’t use harsh or abrasive tools; a simple soft-bristled brush will suffice. Just as it’s important to clean your teeth twice a day, you have to thoroughly clean your dentures at least once a day.

·       Soak your dentures in mild dentures solution overnight. If your dentures have metal parts you should check with your dentist to determine the best way to store your dentures overnight.

If you choose to pursue dentures as a tooth replacement solution, our Saint Louis dentures dentists can help you understand how to care for your specific dentures. The important thing to know is that by incorporating only a few simple hygienic steps you can maintain your dentures for years. Give us a call for more information or to schedule an appointment at (314) 332-1307, we’re here to help you enjoy a happy, healthy smile!