How to Take Care of Your Dentures

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

Are you aware that dentures, partial or full, could also accumulate plaque? Just like natural teeth, they can become stained if not properly cared for. Although your dentist, Dr. Ralph Mazzuca of Ralph T. Mazzuca, D.D.S. in Washington DC, can perform adjustments to your dentures as required, the rest of the time, caring for them will be up to you. Here’s what you can do.

How Should You Clean Your Dentures?

You must care for your dentures the same way that you do your natural teeth. This means cleaning it daily to ensure that bacteria and food particles do not accumulate. This will also help to prevent staining. To start:

  1. Remove denture adhesive and loose food particles by rinsing under running water.
  2. Use commercial denture cleanser in either cream, tablet, gel, paste, or solution form.
  3. For cleanser tablets, drop the tablet in warm water and soak the denture in the cleaning solution to reduce bacteria and odor.
  4. For pastes, gels, or creams, use a soft-bristled brush to clean the denture while it is out of your mouth.
  5. Rinse the dentures based on the instructions of the manufacturer.

Proper Storage for your Dentures

When storing your dentures, you need to keep them moist to prevent them from drying out or losing their shape. Place your denture in a solution specifically made for soaking or clean water when you are not using it. For dentures that have metal attachments, consult with your dentist on how to properly store them. It is important to remember that dentures must never be put in hot water since they can easily warp.

Why You Should Frequently Visit Your Dentist

It is best to maintain a regular visit schedule based on the recommendations of your dentist in Washington DC. This is especially true if your dentures don’t fit properly, as this can lead to mouth sores and irritation. Make a visual inspection of your dentures daily to check for cracks, chips, breaks, or loose teeth. You need to visit your dentist immediately in any of these instances.

However, it’s vital to note that even if you properly care for your dentures, they will eventually have to be remade after a couple of years. This is because the bony ridge that it rests on will naturally shrink after some time. Rebasing or relining the dentures should be performed every five to 10 years depending on its condition.

For Advice or Concerns About Your Dentures, We Can Help

Dial (202) 537-1088 to arrange an appointment with your dentist here in Washington DC, Dr. Ralph Mazzuca.