Proper Denture care is just as important for the life of your dentures, as for your own continuing oral health. Caring for your dentures is caring for yourself. Here are 5 surefire ways to damage your dentures, and how you can choose better alternatives that may help your dentures last longer, and may help maintain a healthy mouth and gums.
1. Repair Dentures Yourself
Bending, Adjusting, or using a Do It Yourself Denture repair kit are some ways that may require you replace your dentures sooner than later. They may seem to save you money now, but will cost more in the long run. Caring for your dentures begins with allowing the professionals to make sure all adjustments and repairs are done with care and precision.
2. Leave Them to Dry
Leaving Dentures out to dry can cause damage down the road. Keeping dentures moist in a cup of water when not in use can keep them in prime condition. Some dentures do have parts that may be affected by sitting in a solution for long periods of time, so be sure to ask your Dentist what the best way is to care for your dentures when they are not in use, and retain their moisture.
3. Brush Them With Toothpaste
Brushing Dentures with a soft bristled brush is an important part of their care, but the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste can cause microabrasions that will make it harder to keep your dentures clean down the road. Avoid using toothpaste when cleaning your dentures, and ask your dentist about what you can use to clean them gently.
4. Use Household Cleansers to Clean Them
It may be tempting to Bleach your Dentures to ensure a thorough clean. Bleach can discolor the pink portion of the dentures, making them white. It is best to avoid using bleach in cleaning your dentures. Other household cleaners can also damage your dentures with abrasive or damaging chemicals. Mild dish soap and hand soap are gentle cleansers that can clean well when you are caring for your dentures. Rinsing your dentures out with water after every meal can also help in keeping your mouth clean and fresh.
5. Don’t Clean Your Mouth
Cleaning only the dentures and neglecting to brush your cheeks, gums, tongue and mouth can allow for harmful plaque build up that can damage your dentures. Using a soft bristled brush can help keep your mouth clean while wearing dentures, and maintain your oral health as well.
Lastly, even if you have a full or partial set of dentures, seeing your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning is still important to your oral health and caring for your dentures. Be sure to call and make an appointment at our Wichita Falls or Princeton Dental Office to have your dentures and mouth cleaned. We would be glad to be a part of maintaining good oral health, and caring for your dentures.