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How to Properly Take Care of Dentures
Even though dentures are artificial teeth that cannot decay, they need to be properly taken care of. This is to ensure that they continue working properly and last for a long time.
How to take proper care of your dentures
Some of the best ways to properly take care of dentures include:
Removing and rinsing them after meals
Dentists advise their patients to run some warm water over their dentures after each meal to remove food debris and other loose particles. This prevents the food debris from getting stuck between the artificial teeth and rotting if left there, which can lead to gum disease.
Handle them with care
Dentures have a reputation for not being as sturdy or durable as some of the other teeth replacement options. To prevent them from breaking if they fall when they are being cleaned, dentists advise patients to fill up the sink with water or line the sink with a towel.
We also recommend that dentures are left in not taken out during sleep.
Brush them daily
Brushing the dentures daily helps to prevent the development of stains that will ruin their appearance. It also helps to remove the food and plaque stuck to the surface of the dentures. Dentists advise against brushing the dentures with toothpaste because they are abrasive. It can create scratches on the surface of the artificial teeth where food and plaque can build up.
The best way to clean dentures is by using a toothbrush with soft bristles that is specifically designed to clean dentures. Using a hard bristle toothbrush to clean the dentures can cause damage and wear down the dentures.
Use a denture cleaner
Since dentists do not recommend using toothpaste to clean dentures, an alternative is to use mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap. Any cleaning material used should not contain bleach because it may whiten the pink part of the dentures.
For the best results, denture cleaning products with the seal of the American Dental Association are recommended. They have been tested and evaluated to make sure they do not damage dentures.
Rinse before putting in the mouth
Dentures should be thoroughly rinsed before they are put back in the mouth. Denture solutions can contain harmful chemicals that can lead to vomiting or pain if accidentally swallowed.
Taking good care of your dental implants helps to ensure that they last for a long time and also keeps you in good oral health. If you need more tips on how to properly care for your dentures, schedule an appointment with your dentist to receive more helpful tips.
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