Have you recently received new dentures? You’re looking forward to being able to eat and speak properly once again. You may have some questions, however, about how to care for your new dentures and keep them in ideal condition.
One important thing that you can do to care for your dentures is to come in regularly so that our dentist, Dr. Bradley Austin, can examine their condition and fit. Be sure to come to our office if your dentures become broken, chipped, cracked or loose. Also, any time that you are handling your dentures outside of your mouth, be sure to stand over a folded towel or a basin of water. This can help prevent breakage if you drop your dentures. We also advise that you soak your dentures (either in a denture-cleaning solution or cool water) at night. This can prevent them from drying out.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Your dentures should be cleaned daily. The first step in cleaning your dentures is to rinse them off in cool water. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to remove food particles and plaque. We recommend against using toothpaste on your dentures, as it is too abrasive. On a similar note, you should not wash your dentures in hot water, as this can warp their shape. Use a denture-cleaning solution to clean your denture overnight. Be very careful when cleaning your dentures, as they have attachments that could become bent or otherwise damaged. Dr. Bradley Austin and our team stress the importance of brushing your gums, your remaining teeth and your tongue as well.
To learn more about dentures in Maplewood, Minnesota, and to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Austin Dental Associates at 651-777-0788 today.