Like other aspects of dentistry, your dentures are designed based upon scientific laws.
Unfortunately, you don’t get to make those laws. One of the first requirements of denture care is this: keep it moist.
By taking good care of your denture as your dentist directs, you’ll keep it in comfortable and workable condition for years to come.
Water Preserves Dentures
Dentures may look like plain old plastic, but that’s not really the case.
A special acrylic makes up the denture base. This material is designed to maintain a certain shape while wet. Otherwise, the acrylic would expand and get loose in a moist environment like your mouth.
If your denture dries out (which it can do overnight), however, it will shrink and warp and won’t go back to its original shape.
Water Protects Dentures
Water in a sealed container provides the perfect cushioning for a denture in the event it gets knocked off the table. Dentures hold up to a lot of chewing, but crashing to the floor is a different story!
Consistently keeping your denture stored in water at night will also make it easier for you to remember where it is. If you casually leave your denture lying around on countertops, the side of the sink, or wrapped in a napkin, you’ll have a hard time tracking it down.
Water Helps You Clean Dentures
If you get in the habit of sleeping in your denture, you’ll probably never find time to clean it. Storing your denture in a bedside glass or container of water will help remind you to give your denture a cleaning on a daily basis.
Learn more about denture care from your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Regular denture maintenance is key to keeping your oral appliance functional and comfortable. You can minimize costly accidents, repairs, and treatments associated with dental health by making sure your denture is always as clean as possible.
Here’s what you can do to keep your denture comfortable, beautiful, and strong:
Rinse after eating – every time.
Don’t wait until it’s time to scrub your dentures. You should give them a brief rinse every time you eat. This is especially important after eating foods that could leave deep stains on your denture.
Clean your mouth.
A clean denture in itself isn’t enough. Germs and food debris left in your mouth can transfer back to your denture. Carefully brush and floss remaining teeth daily. If there are no teeth left, remember to clean your tongue, wipe your gums, and freshen up with a rinse before putting your false teeth back in place.
Brush your denture.
Just dunking your hands in water is no way to wash them. Similarly, your denture needs more than a quick rinse. Scrub your denture at least daily with a soft denture-safe brush. This will minimize stain and tartar.
Soak your denture.
When not in use, especially overnight, your denture needs to soak in a denture solution or plain water. The acrylic will stay supple and you’ll maintain the proper-fitting shape longer.
Handle with care.
It’s easy to drop a slippery and delicate denture while trying to clean it. When handling your appliance, avoid pressing on metal parts or scrubbing hard. Always clean it over a surface cushioned with a towel.
For more tips on extending the life and function of your denture, contact your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Short Pump Family Dentistry
201 Towne Center West Blvd
Richmond, VA 23233
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