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Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Dentures


One of the most common teeth replacement options available, dentures have been a mainstay of dentistry for decades. When cared for properly, they can serve as a long-lasting, natural-looking replacement for your smile.

The doctors at Kids and Grownups Dental offer partial and full denture solutions to patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. We are happy to discuss everything you need to know about denture care during a consultation at our office in Irving, TX. Learn how a few simple steps can keep your prosthesis looking and feeling fresh for years to come.

Dentures for the upper arch of teeth resting on an outstretched palm
Keeping your dentures clean is the best way to ensure that they do not break or become unusable prematurely. 

Remove and Rinse after Meals

One of the most important measures you can take for your dentures and for your oral health is remove and rinse your appliance after every meal. This will remove food particles and other debris, which can otherwise lead to bacterial growth and tissue irritation.

Dentures can break if dropped. Therefore, it is a good idea to either fill the sink with water or place your dentures on a towel on the countertop when you are cleaning them.

By following these guidelines, you can keep your dentures in the best condition possible for as long as possible.

Brushing Your Dentures

In addition to rinsing your dentures after every meal, you should also brush them at least once a day. The ideal tools for this task are a soft-bristled brush and a denture cleanser, which can together remove plaque, tartar, debris, and accumulated adhesive. This regimen can also eliminate the bacteria that lead to bad odor so that your mouth is left feeling fresh.

Soaking Your Dentures

It is important to remove dentures when you are sleeping. This not only give your gums and cheeks a chance to rest, but also allows you to soak your dentures. Any time you are not wearing your dentures, you should keep them completely submerged in a cup of water or denture detergent. Keeping your prosthetic moist will preserve its shape.

Habits to Avoid

As a general rule, you should avoid:

  • Whitening toothpastes: Toothpaste products are often abrasive, especially whitening toothpaste. Instead, patients should use denture cleaners to keep their restorations clean.
  • Abrasive cleaning materials: Because harsh products such as strong cleansers and hard-bristled brushes can scratch the surface of your dentures, it is best to favor milder tools.
  • Products containing bleach Dentures are made from strong materials, but they can weaken upon contact with bleach. Appliances with metal clasps can actually corrode if they are soaked in anything containing chlorine.
  • Hot water: Since high temperatures can warp your prosthesis, you should never boil your denture to clean it.

By following these guidelines, you can keep your dentures in the best condition possible for as long as possible.

Learn How to Care for Your Dentures

If you are considering dentures or currently wear them, it's important to keep in mind that taking proper care of your prostheses can make them last much longer. To learn more about denture care or to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, reach out to a team member today. We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment. You can contact us online anytime or call us at (972) 255-4164.

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