Caring For Dentures: What You Should Know

Posted on: 29 July 2022

Dentures are a way to replace your teeth when your teeth have gone bad and fallen out or have needed to be pulled out for one reason or another If you have several missing teeth, or your teeth are all rotten and need to be pulled out, dentures may be the replacement option for you. Dentures are a replacement option that can mimic your natural teeth, but there are some limitations with dentures. Dentures are not a permanent option; they are only temporary and are not fixed to your mouth — they can be removed. Caring for dentures is important to make them last a long time. Read on for tips to care for your dentures.

Brush Your Dentures Nightly

Brush your dentures every single night to clean them and to get rid of plaque that may be built up on them. You should soak them to remove bacteria as well. Only use denture products and never attempt to use other types of mouthwash or fluoride toothpaste to clean the dentures. Denture products are made specifically for these dental replacements to prevent them from breaking down and needing to be replaced too often. You can find denture products at your local pharmacy or big box store.

Remove Your Dentures Every Night

Never sleep in your dentures and place them into a soak every night. Use a denture case to place your dentures in at night and keep it up high on a counter where your pets or small children cannot get to them. Dentures can break easily if you aren't careful where you put them. Keep them in a case and soak them in denture soak until you need to put them back in in the morning.

Avoid Hard Or Sticky Foods

Avoid any foods that are too hard or that are too sticky. Biting into hard foods can break your dentures and eating sticky foods can cause a problem for your dentures as well. Sticky foods may get caught on your dentures and be difficult to clean off of them. Hard foods such as apples or pears or corn on the cob and sticky foods such as gum or taffy should all be avoided if you can.

If you have dentures, or you are going to be getting dentures, you need to know how to care for them properly. Talk to your dentist about other tips to care for your dentures to lengthen their life.


About Marcel and the Dentist

Hi, my name is Marcel. Welcome to my site! I started it to help others learn about children's dentistry. Most of us don't remember dentist trips from our early childhood. Maybe we didn't even really care about our teeth until we started losing baby teeth. In my case, I became interested in children's dentistry as a young father. When my kids were young, I was a student, and our insurance did not cover visits to the dentist. Although my wife and I tried to teach our kids good hygiene on our own, it was difficult. When we we finally able to take them to the dentist, my little girls were scared and didn't know what was going on. Luckily, they appreciate the dentist now that they are older, but their first experiences helped teach me more about the importance of children's dentistry. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences!