According to the American College of Prosthodontists, roughly 15% of the edentulous population receives dentures annually. The same source determined that 36 million Americans have no teeth.
As such, those who need dentures are in good company. It can be a relief to receive dentures for the first time. Finally, you can eat and talk like you used to!
However, many first-time denture recipients worry about how to care for these new teeth replacements. If that describes you, you’re in the right place!
We’ll explore the best methods of caring for dentures in this guide. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
How to Clean Dentures
Cleaning dentures is only a little more arduous than cleaning teeth. First, remove and rinse your dentures after eating.
Once you remove them, run water over the surfaces to remove food debris. This process also removes loose particles. Also, consider placing a towel on the counter or in the sink.
The towel provides a softer surface to break the dentures’ fall should you drop them. In doing so, they protect your dentures from breaking.
Once you clean your dentures, begin cleaning your mouth. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles on your teeth.
Then, use gauze to clean your tongue, cheeks, and palate. Remove any remaining denture adhesive from your mouth at this time.
The next step in denture cleaning is to brush your dentures at least daily. Brushing your dentures includes the following steps:
- Remove the dentures
- Soak and brush them with soft toothbrush and nonabrasive denture cleanser
- Clean the grooves of adhesive that fits to your gums
Once you’ve done this, you can store your dentures for the night. We’ll discuss this further in the next section.
How to Store Dentures
Most dentures require moist storage to retain their shape. It’s often enough to store your dentures in water overnight.
However, some people want to ensure they thoroughly sanitize their dentures before using them the next day. In these cases, you can use a mild denture-soaking solution. These solutions contain chemicals that ensure your dentures remain clean.
Remember, it’s always best to consult your dentist about how to store your dentures. Also, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your dentures. Following these two steps can go a long way to ensuring your dentures last as long as possible.
Finally, thoroughly rinse your dentures before placing them in your mouth if you use a soaking solution. These fluids often contain dangerous chemicals that could cause unhealthy side effects.
Check With Your Dentist About Caring for Dentures
As you can see, caring for dentures doesn’t have to be a difficult process. However, it’s still best to visit your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures remain in good shape.
If you don’t have a dentist yet, consider consulting us! Tuan Pham, DDS, has served the Redlands area for several years. We have the expertise necessary to evaluate your oral and denture health.
If you have any questions about your dentures, don’t hesitate to ask! Schedule an appointment today to receive the help you need.