Dental hygiene with denture
Good dental hygiene isn’t just for natural teeth. If you have removable dentures, proper care can help protect your investment and your oral health. To keep your dentures looking good and serving you well, follow these tips.
Before you put in your dentures in the morning, brush your gums, the roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks and your tongue. This will safeguard against germs getting trapped beneath your denture.
Just as with natural teeth, it’s important to brush your dentures every day. Traditional denture material has tiny pores that can collect bacteria, causing bad breath and putting you at risk of infection. So, remove your dentures and clean all surfaces with a soft bristled toothbrush or a special denture brush. Don’t use regular toothpaste, which is too abrasive for denture material. Instead use denture cream or liquid dish soap.
After meals, rinse your dentures with warm water to remove food particles. Make sure the water doesn’t get too hot or it could damage the denture.
And one last tip: be sure to schedule regular dental visits to check the condition and fit of your dentures and examine the overall health of your mouth. With proper care, your denture should last for many years.