Now that you've gotten your new dentures, your primary goal is to keep them in beautiful, functional condition for as long as possible. With regular care, dental checkups, and maintenance, you can expect your dentures to last up to eight years.
Just because you don't have real teeth doesn't mean you don't have to visit the dentist regularly, so make sure you see your dentist every six months to ensure your dentures are still fitted properly, in good repair, and free of defects. Most of your denture maintenance occurs in the home, however, so make sure you keep your dentures lasting as long as possible (and keep them whiter, longer) by following these tips.
Wash Your Dentures Regularly
Your dentures should be brushed every day, just like your original teeth. Brushing not only removes surface stains, it also removes bacteria and germs that can penetrate the porous surface of your dentures and lead to mouth or gum infections, bad breath, or other oral problems.
Take your dentures out after every meal, rinsing them in water to remove debris. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your dentures every day before placing them in water or a denture solution overnight or when you are not wearing them.
Remember to brush your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, gums, and the roof of your mouth after removing your dentures. Preventing gum disease is a healthy way to make your dentures last longer. How? By keeping your gum density strong so you don't have to have your dentures replaced due to not fitting correctly.
Avoid Foods and Beverages That Stain
The same foods and beverages that stain traditional tooth enamel will stain dentures as well. Avoid coffee, tea, wine, red sauces, and other staining foods and beverages.
If you consume these types of foods and beverages, remove and rinse your dentures immediately after consumption. Use a soft brush to clean them so small stains do not set.
Avoid Abrasive Agents
While you may be tempted to use peroxide, bleach, baking soda, and other whitening agents to keep your dentures as white as possible, you may be doing more harm than good when cleaning your dentures with them. Abrasive chemicals actually scratch denture materials, which can make them more prone to stains and damage. Talk to your dentist about the best cleaning agents for denture whitening.
Handle Your Dentures With Care
When washing your dentures, hold them gently and avoid bending or twisting them when they are in your hand. The springs, metals, and actual teeth in your dentures can come loose or even break if you drop or mishandle them.
Never drop your dentures in a glass of water or other container when not in use; rather, use your fingers to gently place your dentures in liquid to avoid breaking them. Do not leave your dentures in open air for more than a few minutes at a time; air can cause your dentures to dry out or make them more susceptible to germs and bacteria.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
The best way to ensure the longevity of your dentures is to continue with regular dental visits. You should still see your dentist twice a year. In addition to checking your dentures for signs of wear, your dentist will examine your mouth for irritation, swelling, or gum disease that can make denture wearing uncomfortable. If your dentures are loose or make sounds when you eat or speak, then it may be time to have them re-fitted.
Healthy denture use requires simple maintenance on your part. See our team of dental experts at Palmetto Denture Care, PA, to learn how to properly care for your dentures.