The Proper Care and Maintenance of Dentures

Dentures are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth and restore a beautiful smile. The removable appliances are designed for people that have lost all of their natural teeth (either from tooth decay, traumatic injury or gum disease). Dentures are comfortable and make it easy to eat, speak and smile normally. The proper care and maintenance of dentures is critical to their long-term durability and attractiveness. Here, the team at Northfield Dental Group shares tips to care and maintain dentures.

Expect an adjustment period at first. Until you become accustomed to your dentures, they may feel loose or awkward. Your mouth may feel mildly irritated or sore, and you may have more saliva than normal. These problems should resolve as you adjust to your new dentures.

Rinse and brush your dentures daily. Just as you would with natural teeth, you must brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque and prevent staining. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a gentle cleanser. As you handle them, be careful not to bend or damage the plastic. Also, fill the sink with water or put a towel down, in case you accidentally drop the dentures while handling them.

Clean your mouth, too. After you brush your dentures, use the toothbrush to brush your gums, insides of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and tongue. This removes any plaque and keeps bad breath at bay.

Store dentures overnight in a safe place. To prevent your dentures from warping, store them in water or a mild denture-soaking liquid. Keep them in an area where children and pets cannot get to them. Before putting them back in your mouth, rinse them off.

Use adhesive products as directed. If your dentist advises you to try an adhesive product (e.g., a cream, powder, strip or liquid), use as directed.

Avoid whitening or bleaching products. Refrain from using toothpastes that advertise their bleaching power. Do not use whitening strips or gels to bleach your dentures.

See your dentist regularly. Schedule regular appointments with your dentist for a check-up. Your dentist will examine your dentures, check their fit and address any issues or problems. If you notice your dentures feel loose or uncomfortable, see your dentist promptly.

With the proper care and maintenance, dentures can last for five to seven years — or longer — before needing replacement. To learn more about dentures and how they can restore your smile and chewing function, contact Northfield Dental Group today at (973) 736-0111.