Dentures are a removable, plastic-like prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. There are two types of removable dentures: full dentures (made to replace all missing teeth) and partial dentures (made to replace some missing teeth, attaching with metal clasps onto your other natural teeth). How should you care for dentures?
Like natural teeth, dentures need daily cleaning. After eating, you should take your dentures out and carefully rinse water over your dentures to help remove food debris. At least two times a day, a denture cleanser that is nonabrasive should be used with a denture brush to clean your dentures and any grooves that contain denture adhesive.
It is important to handle your dentures with care because dentures can break fairly easily if the proper precautions are not taken while cleaning them. It is recommended to lay a towel flat on the counter by your sink and to brush your dentures over the towel in case the denture is accidentally dropped. Also, try not to put too much pressure on the metal clasps (for partial dentures) while cleaning so the metal/plastic-like material is not accidentally bent in the process.
Once you are done brushing your dentures, it is important to brush your gums, inside cheeks, tongue and roof of your mouth with a soft toothbrush. It is usually recommended to soak your dentures in a cleaning solution. Ask your dentist for directions on overnight care for your specific dentures.
Do you have dentures? Are you concerned about whether you are cleaning your dentures correctly or not? Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup and to discuss the proper care for your dentures.
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