Once you have a denture that you like and feel comfortable in, you want to make sure that you can depend on your denture for years. By taking care of your denture properly, you can extend its life and keep it looking fresh. Here are some user-friendly tips from our Saint Louis dentures dentist. We hope this helps you!
So as you probably already know, dentures are replacement teeth that rest on the gum tissue. Consequently, dentures are removable. Obviously, you can have your dentures in to eat food—this is a very important benefit of having dentures! However, after you eat, you want to freshen your dentures as well as your natural teeth and oral tissues. So if possible, take your dentures out, rinse them, and rinse your mouth before you reinsert your dentures.
When you clean your dentures at the end of the day, you should use a specially formulated denture cleaner to get the best results. Also, make sure that any tools you use to “scrub” your dentures are quite soft (“scrub” may actually be a misnomer for cleaning your dentures, as you want to be exceedingly gentle in order to preserve your dentures).
Most dentures are designed to be able to be cleansed and disinfected overnight. These dentures can be left in cleaning solution as you sleep, so that you wake up with fresh dentures! However, if your dentures have metal parts, you need to check with your dentist to determine whether it is safe to leave these metal parts in cleaning solution overnight.
Your dentist will give you more detailed information on how to care for your specific dentures when you receive them. Our Saint Louis dentures dentists can answer questions as well as help you schedule your initial consultation with our dental team. Please give us a call to get started!