In order to maintain your glistening smile, proper denture care is vital. First and foremost, you will want to make sure to read and adhere to the instructions for your specific dentures.
In general, however, here are three tips from the Mayo Clinic for excellent denture care:
#1 Daily cleaning is key.
Your dentures should be brushed at least once a day. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-harsh denture cleanser. Do not use these cleansers while the dentures are inside of your mouth.
After eating, you should rinse away any food particles that may have become lodged in between the crevasses of your dentures.
In terms of overnight care, most dentures need to soak in order to keep their shape. Be sure to read the instructions listed for your dentures’ overnight care.
#2 Remember, your dentures are not made of steel.
While removing, cleansing, or handling your dentures in anyway, be sure to use care. Doing so will prevent bending or other damage to the plastic or clasps.
Also, avoid using harsh cleansers or toothpaste. Products that contain bleach are definitely a no-no because this solution can weaken your dentures and spoil the coloring. Hot water too should be avoided.
#3 Maintain your regularly scheduled dentist check-ups.
Not only can a dental visit check-up on your overall oral health, but also your denture care. The dentist can make sure that your dentures continue to fit your mouth, as well as let you know when your dentures might need a professional cleaning or examination.