Your new set of dentures were designed to replicate the presence and function of your lost or compromised teeth. While they were cast from durable materials to match firmly with the underlying structure of your gums, they will still need daily care and cleaning. Including your dentures as part of your daily oral hygiene regimen will increase their lifespan and ensure a comfortable fit.
To that end, Dr. Vincent Mayher offers the following insights to help you take good care of your dentures.
Many denture wearers use denture adhesive for its ability to secure dentures in place.
If some food particles work their way into the base of the dentures, you should thoroughly rinse the unit. Then, dry the base with a clean paper towel to improve adhesion for a new bead of denture adhesive.
Be sure to give your dentures a thorough rinsing when you take them out each night. This will help clear away residual denture adhesive and provide a smooth surface so you can reapply the denture adhesive the next day.
You should then brush all the surfaces of your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste or denture polish. You can then store your partial overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.
If you’ve been struggling with halitosis from plaque buildup during the day, you might want to also brush your tongue each morning and night. This can help reduce the total bacterial load in your mouth that might be harboring in the rough surfaces.
If you have questions about how to properly clean and maintain your new set of dentures in Haddonfield, New Jersey, you can always call 856-429-0404 to speak with a member of our staff at Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD.