How to Keep Your Dentures in Tip-Top Shape

Taking care of your dentures is very important. There are four things you need to do each day to maintain your appliance’s condition as well as help it last longer, and those four things are:

Brush your appliance daily
Just like brushing your teeth, it is extremely important to brush your dentures each day but without toothpaste. If you scrub your appliance with a soft-bristled toothbrush (one that is designed to clean dentures) and water, you are on the right track. Brushing each day will remove the plaque and food particles from the appliance, which will help prevent dental issues like gum disease.

Use the proper denture cleaner
Whatever you do, do not use toothpaste, bleach, or household cleaners to clean your dentures. It is best to use denture cleaner, hand soap, or mild dishwashing liquid. If you choose to use denture cleaner, make sure you pick a product that has been approved by the American Dental Association. This seal of acceptance will ensure that the cleaner has been tested for safety and effectiveness.

Take care of the dentures
When you are not wearing the appliance, it is best to keep it in a cup of denture cleaner or in a cup of water. Doing so will help maintain the shape of the dentures and it will also keep them from drying out. However, if your dentures have metal attachments, it’s better to keep them in a cup of water rather than a cup of cleaner. The cleaner can tarnish the metal.

Handle the appliance carefully
Please do your best to avoid dropping the dentures. Dropping them can cause major damage. So, to soften the blow if you do happen to drop the appliance, stand on a folded towel or lean over a sink full of water when you remove and insert the dentures from and into your mouth.

With these four caring tips, you will have a strong, functional, and top-notch appliance that will continue to give you the smile you have always wanted. We want you to have the best oral health possible, and your dentures are able to give that to you if you properly care for them. So, if you have any questions or if you would like to know more, call our office today and talk to a member of our dental team! We look forward to hearing from you.