Keeping your dentures in the best condition possible is something that is very important for your overall health and well-being. Dentures can be extremely helpful and beneficial, but the key is understanding how to take proper care of them. This will not only ensure that your dentures stay in great condition for a long time, but also prevents discomfort, unsightly and embarrassing staining and the spread of bacteria that could cause unpleasant smells and diseases. This is why it is so important to know the ins and outs of denture care. Its actually is not that complicated, as long as you know what to do and what not to do and have the right equipment.
Keeping Your Dentures Clean
Making sure your dentures are always nice and clean is an excellent way to prevent your mouth from being attacked by disease-causing bacteria, as well as keeping them visually attractive. After you eat, you need to take out your dentures and rinse them, as well as brushing them at least once a day. Your dentist will most likely be able to advise you as to the best denture cleaning solution. After cleaning your dentures, make sure you rinse them off thoroughly, as many cleaning solutions contain chemicals that would be harsh on the inside of your mouth. Also, remember to only wash and rinse your dentures in lukewarm water, because hot water can damage and warp them.
Storing Your Dentures
Overnight, your dentures will need to soak in a cleaning solution. Again, talk to your dentist about which solution is best for you. Make sure they are kept somewhere where children or pets are unable to reach them to ingest the solution, knock down the container, or damage your dentures. Because dentures are so fragile, when you have taken them out and are handling them, you should hold them either over a thick, soft towel or a sink full of water. Do not let them dry out, because this could ruin them. Whenever your dentures are not in your mouth, they should either be in cleaning solution or lukewarm water.
Proper denture care starts with you forming and maintaining good and responsible habits. In addition to storing and cleaning your dentures, you should also schedule regular trips to your dentist so you can make sure everything is in the best condition and get your dentures thoroughly cleaned. If your dentures feel loose or give you discomfort in any way, you will also need to get them checked out immediately.
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