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How to Care for Dentures

Taking care of your dentures artificial teeth is essential to improve the life of your orthodontic appliance and your oral health. Below are some things you can do to take care of them. Find out more: What is Restorative Dentistry?

  • Proper handling is important. Your dentures are not as durable when it’s outside your mouth, therefore you must avoid dropping it. When you have to take it out, put it in a folded towel to protect it in case you drop it. You can also place your Partial Dentures in a sink full of water.
  • Brush your dental appliance to clean it, but don’t use toothpaste. You need to brush your dentures every day to get rid of food and plaque that sticks to it after you eat. However, do not use toothpaste because toothpaste is abrasive and it can create micro-scratches to the dentures. Use a specifically-designed denture brush to clean it.
  • Clean your dentures using its prescribed cleaner. It is possible to use hand soap or dish-washing liquid to clean your Full Dentures, but it is better to use a dedicated dentures cleaner for it. Do not use bleach as it can discolor the gums. An ultrasonic cleaner is better because it uses sound waves to get rid of any remaining deposits in the dentures. It won’t also scratch or destroy the dentures.

Dentures – What Can I Eat?

Dentures will be able to bring back your functionality and smile. However, it is not a natural part of your body; therefore, don’t expect it to work like your natural teeth. You should be careful in what you are eating as some foods could damage your dentures. Here are some of the items you need to be careful when eating, and the foods you need to completely avoid.

  • Foods to Be Careful with- You need to be careful in eating the following:
  • Acidic Foods: Examples are lemon, pineapple, or foods that are acidic.
  • Sugary foods- Do not eat foods that contain a lot of sugar.
  • Dehydrating Foods- Dehydration is bad for the health of your acrylic dentures. Do not consume tea, coffee, or other foods that can dehydrate your dentures.
  • Foods to Absolutely Avoid.
  • Nuts & Seeds: These are so hard that it can physically damage your dentures. Avoid eating fruits with hard seeds such as guava.
  • Hard-to-Chew Foods: like popcorn, undone steaks, dry fruits, etc.
  • Hard candy- In all types.

Get your questions answered about Dentures Cost

Dentures need care. Taking good care of your dentures will prolong its life and make it easier for you. The following points can make sense.

  • As you are eating, you are exposing your dentures to the food particles. After eating, make it a habit to clean and rinse your dentures.
  • Dentures are made of acrylic; therefore, these are brittle. If you drop the dentures by accident it may break or crack. Dentures cannot be repaired when it gets cracked, so dentists will request a new one for you which adds up to your cost. Handle it with care and if you have to remove it place it in towel to prevent damage.
  • Clean the dentures every time you remove it. Any food particles will stay under the denture and can cause infection.
  • Keep them clean. Brush them at least once daily.
  • Keep the dentures in a soaking solution or clean water whenever you remove it at night. Failure to do this will cause it to dry up and warm. This means that it will no longer fit to your mouth; thus requiring a new set.
  • Always rinse them before you put them back in your mouth, especially if they have been kept in a soaking solution.