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Those new dentures have given you fresh confidence in dealing with others, and you want this “new you” to stay around. This means learning how to properly care for your dentures. Denture hygiene steps are similar to what you did with your natural teeth, but some procedures and products are different.

Be careful when handling dentures, as they are delicate and can break from even a short fall. Just in case you happen to drop your dentures, it is good to get into the habit of positioning yourself over a towel or sink of water to provide a cushion. Also, store them away from pets and children when you are not wearing them.

Cleaning Procedures

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Proper oral hygiene is just as important with dentures as it is with natural teeth. This means daily brushing to remove deposits of food and to prevent bad breath and the buildup of plaque. A soft brush should be used to prevent damage to the dentures. Ask your dentist for a recommendation about which denture cleanser to use. He will likely suggest one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Some people simply use hand soap or a mild dishwashing soap. Be careful not to use an abrasive household cleaner or one that includes bleach to avoid damage to or whitening of the pink part of the dentures.

Since you will be taking your dentures out overnight, this is a good time to clean them. First rinse the dentures to remove loose food particles. Then use a wet brush and cleanser to gently brush all surfaces. If you use a denture paste, be sure to remove it completely so your gums will not be irritated. If there are any stains, use a denture cleaner following manufacturer’s instructions. Then brush them again. Place your dentures in a soaking solution or water overnight, so they are ready for you in the morning. Do not use hot water as this can weaken the denture. Your evening routine is also a good time to brush your tongue and gums, and perhaps use a mouthwash for a fresh taste.

Dental Visits

Even though you are wearing dentures, it is still important that you see your dentist regularly. He will check that your dentures still fit properly, and examine your mouth for any infections or other conditions requiring attention. Your dentist will tell you how often you should be seen.

Diligently following these steps for daily denture care will keep your dentures, your gums and your smile in perfect shape.