For patients who are missing several or all of their teeth, dentists often
recommend dentures to restore their smile and dental function. If you wear
dentures, then continue reading for tips on caring for this type of tooth replacement.
Handle with CareWhen you rely on your dentures to eat and speak comfortably and smile with
confidence, it is important to use caution when handling them to help
keep them in great condition. To avoid dropping and breaking your dentures,
work over a sink filled with water or a folded towel when cleaning or
otherwise handling them.
Clean them Regularly
As with your natural teeth, your dentures should be cleaned daily to keep
them looking good long-term. Using a soft bristled toothbrush and a mild
soap or denture cleaner, remove your dentures and scrub each of their
surfaces at night before going to bed. To prevent your dentures from warping
and changing shape, never soak your dentures in hot water.
Store them Properly
To maintain your dentures, you should keep them moist at all times and,
to help prevent plaque and calculus buildup, they should not be worn overnight.
For these reasons, you should store your dentures in a bath of denture
cleanser or water after cleaning them in the evening. However, if your
dentures have any metal parts, then it’s possible for them to tarnish
when left to soak, so speak with your dentist about the best way to store
your type of dentures when they aren’t in use.
Visit Your Dentist
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that, over time, you will
need to see your dentist about denture maintenance. Your jaw may change
in shape and require that adjustments be made to the dentures for them
to fit properly. Also, the dentures can suffer from wear and may eventually
need to be relined, rebased, or replaced.
Dr. Michael J. Wei specializes in a
broad range of dental treatments, including restorative and prosthetic dentistry. If you’re in need
of dentures in Manhattan, then call (212) 982-4080 to schedule your appointment.