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With proper care, your dentures can last for a decade or even a bit longer. That means you get to enjoy your full, beautiful smile and your ability to talk and eat normally long-term. But it also means you need to know how to take good care of your replacement teeth.
That’s where we can help. As seasoned dentures specialists, our team at Family Dental Care in West Palm Beach, Florida, can not only fit you with comfortable, great-looking dentures, but they can also walk you through the right way to keep them in top shape through the years.
Read on as Dr. Sujay Trivedi and Dr. Michael C. Westcott discuss two things everyone with dentures should know about caring for their replacement teeth.
After you eat, take your dentures out. Then, clean both your dentures and your mouth. That means rinsing your dentures under running water and brushing your gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
At least once a day, brush your dentures, too. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner, give them a thorough once-over. If you use denture adhesive, be sure to remove it fully as you brush.
Dentures aren’t necessarily fragile, but you can bend or break them if you apply too much pressure or drop them. Handle your dentures with care as you clean them.
Dentures are designed to stay moist. When you remove them from your mouth for the night, it’s important that you don’t just leave them on the counter. Instead, put them into a cup of water or denture cleanser. This helps your dentures to maintain their shape and pliability so they continue to fit properly and comfortably.
If you soak your dentures overnight in a denture cleanser, be sure to rinse them thoroughly before you put them into your mouth.
It’s also important to make sure your dentures go into water or a cleanser that’s at or near room temperature when you store them overnight. Never boil your dentures to clean them. Putting them into hot water could warp them, eliminating the comfortable fit you have now.
Warped dentures can cause a sore spot that might develop into an open wound and get infected. If you suspect your dentures have changed shape, talk to our team. We can assess them and, if necessary, correct any changes to ensure you have the comfortable, secure fit you deserve.
If you have any questions or want our team to show you how to properly clean your dentures, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call our Family Dental Care office in West Palm Beach, Florida, at 561-556-1698 today, or book your visit online any time.