How do I maintain my dentures to keep them in good condition?

How to adjust to eating with dentures

Dentures should be looked after in the same way as you would look after your natural teeth. However maintaining them can involve a slightly different process.

Firstly dentures should be removed from the mouth before cleaning and brushed with a specially designed brush, specifically made to clean dentures. Toothpaste is also not recommended for dentures, instead there are several brands of dental paste on the market, along with denture solutions which are used to soak the denture.

The reason dentures are removed for cleaning is the paste and solutions used can cause problems with the mouth and gums. Always make sure you rinse the denture thoroughly after using these products.

It’s best to clean your denture over a bowl or sink containing warm water as this will cushion the denture should you accidently drop it. You should also leave your denture out of the mouth for a few hours, or overnight as this will give your mouth and gums a rest.

If you’re not wearing your dentures they still need to be kept moist at all times, either by placing them in cold water or in a recommended denture solution to prevent them from drying out when not being worn.

Always remember that dentures are replacement teeth and therefore you may encounter problems with certain foods which may have caused you no trouble in the past. The foods to look out for are ones which could stain, loosen your denture or get stuck in the denture, which, if left untreated, can cause irritation to the gums.

If you are suffering from problems you should contact your dental professional. They will be able to check your dentures and make any adjustments necessary. Never try to adjust your denture yourself, as this could result in permanent damage. Caring for your denture in the correct manner will give you years of trouble free service.