Denture Care Important Information
April 25, 2017  |  Dentures

Denture Care Important Information

Taking care of your denture can seem like a chore. Do not worry! With a little effort your dentures can stay clean. Here are 5 tips for keeping your dentures clean and your smile healthy.

Rinse Thoroughly

Prior to brushing, it helps to rinse your dentures off. Run them though water to help wash away food and other small particles. Be extra careful when handling your dentures. They are fragile! If you drop them in the sink you can chip or break them. DO NOT BOIL YOUR DENTURES! Using hot or boiling water can damage the denture.

Clean Your Dentures

Just as you would brush your natural teeth, your dentures need to be brushed as well. Never use cleaning solutions while your dentures are in. Rather, remove your dentures and carefully brush using a soft toothbrush – or even better – a special denture brush. This brush is shaped to get into the grooves and curves. Avoid using whitening toothpaste or harsh cleaning materials like bleach products. Talk to our Dentists about which cleaning solution would work best for your denture. Using too strong of solution can cause damage to the dentures.

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Teeth

You still need to take care of your natural teeth. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush. Be gentle when brushing and cleaning your gums. Cleaning your gums will help you reduce your risk of developing an oral infection. If you tooth brush is too rough on your gums,  they make ultra soft brushes that are very fine bristles and much more comfortable on the tissues. Be sure to come see us if you are experiencing gum pain and we can make recommendations.

Keep Them Covered

When you remove your dentures for bed, be sure to keep them in a covered container overnight. Use a denture – soaking solution to keep them clean overnight. A good one would be polident. This cleans, deodorizes and helps prevent staining. Water works as a substitute, as your dentures need moisture to retain their shape. If you have any questions about storing your dentures, talk to us and we can help.

Care with Adhesives

It can sometimes be difficult to remove your dentures with an adhesive. If you are having trouble, try swishing warm water or a mouthwash around your mouth. Never use any cleaning solution, tool or foreign object to remove your dentures. Take special care to ensure the grooves of the dentures are clean where that area attaches to your gums. Make sure you have any left over adhesive removed before applying more. If you find that you are having to use more and more adhesive, you may need to have you denture relined. This is not uncommon. If you lose weight, you mouth tissues change and that can affect the fit of the denture.

Finally, when taken care of properly, you dentures will provide you with a lasting smile. Be vigilant in keeping up with cleaning your dentures. If you have any questions about caring for your dentures, call our office at 920-733-2445. We would be happy to work with you to figure out a solution for your denture concerns.

We Are Ready To See You. Welcome Back!

We have always put our patients and team’s health and safety first and will continue to do so! During the shelter in place our team has been busy reinforcing what we have always done to keep our patients safe and secure as well as implement additional steps so that we could re-open with confidence! Our vision is to keep our patients informed and supported every step of the way. We want you to know:

  • That we are paying close attention to the evolving CDC guidelines and will continue to make our practice safe for all those we are honored to serve.
  • Our team has worked diligently to make sure that all social distancing requirements are in place, so that every patient can come back to care with confidence.
  • Your dental health is important and impacts your overall health and we are committed to supporting each and every one of you as we return to full services beyond emergency care.
  • Our hygienists have streamlined their protocols, so that patients can return to their continuing care intervals, which are key in maintaining health and well-being.
  • We will continue to post updates, as well as tips to keep you healthy during these unprecedented times on our Facebook Page Westhilldentalappleton. We invite you to join the conversation!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Our greatest reward comes from serving our dental family!