Dentures: Caring for Your Appliance

If you take proper care of your appliance, it’ll last longer and it will continue to give you the perfect smile you have always wanted. Now, did you know there are things you need to do in order to properly clean and care for your dentures? Well, it’s true, and those things include:

Brush your appliance daily
Just like brushing your teeth, it is extremely important to brush your dentures each day. However, you do not need to brush with toothpaste. There are many types of toothpastes that can harm the dentures, so it is best to keep from using them. Simply brush your appliance with a soft-bristled toothbrush (one that is designed to clean dentures) and water. It is also recommended that you rinse the appliance after each meal.

Use the proper appliance cleaner
Hand soap, mild dishwashing liquid, and denture cleaner are all great cleaning supplies when it comes to washing your appliance. Please do not use household cleaners, bleach, or toothpaste to clean it. Ultrasonic denture cleaners are very popular and they do the job. They are small, bathtub-like devices that contain a cleaning solution. Simply put the cleaner in a cup of water along with your dentures and the waves and bubbles that are created will clean the appliance. However, this should not replace your brushing technique.

Take care of the dentures
To keep your appliance from warping or drying out, keep it in a cup of water or a cup of denture cleaner when you are not wearing it. Doing so will keep it moist and in tip-top shape. However, if the dentures have metal attachments, it’s best to soak it in water rather than denture cleaner.

Handle the appliance carefully
Be careful to not drop the appliance. Dropping it could easily damage the dentures. So, to lessen the blow of a fall, we recommend standing on a folded towel or leaning over a sink full of water when you remove and insert the dentures out of and into your mouth.

These four tips will help you maintain a top-notch appliance and a beautiful smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about dentures and the ways to properly clean and care for them, we invite you to call our office today. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to talking with you!