Caring for your Dentures
Like natural teeth, dentures must be properly cared for if they are to last. They are very delicate and may break even if dropped just a few inches onto a hard surface.
Daily brushing will remove food deposits and plaque and helps prevent the artificial teeth from becoming permanently stained. Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, both of which are acceptable for cleaning dentures. Avoid other household cleaners, however, as they may be too abrasive.
To clean your denture rinse off loose food particles with water. Moisten the brush and apply the cleanser. Gently brush every surface to avoid damage.
Don’t let your dentures dry out or they might lose their shape. When you are not wearing them place dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water. Never soak dentures in hot water which can cause them to warp. Generally, it is not advisable to wear your dentures around the clock because tissues that are constantly covered with denture material can become irritated.
The mouth changes naturally with age, and this could mean denture replacement. Jaws may align differently as bones and gum ridges recede and shrink. Shrinking ridges may result in dentures that do not fit securely. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems. Your dentures eventually may need relining, remaking or rebasing due to normal wear.
Even after you have lost your teeth, regular oral examinations are necessary. The mouth and oral tissues are subject to potentially serious diseases such as oral cancer and should be examined on a routine basis.