Removable Dental Denture Care
Here at Kooning Family Dentistry in Lake Oswego, OR we understand that having dentures can mean adding some extra steps to your home hygiene routine. Dentures are a fantastic tool that we use to give our patients back the ability to eat and speak when they have lost their teeth. Partial dentures can replace a few missing teeth, and full dentures do a great job of replacing all of the teeth in the mouth. We want to make sure that you know how to take care of your dentures if you have them and if you don’t have dentures we want you to know what proper denture care looks like if you are considering getting them.
All removable dentures must be removed from your mouth to properly take care of them. If you try to brush or care for your dentures while they are still in your mouth, you won’t be able to properly care for them because you won’t be able to reach all of the surfaces that need to be cleaned. For all of the following steps feel free to place a towel down on the counter, or hold your dentures over a basin of water so that if you drop them, they are not damaged.
Brush Your Dentures CarefullyBrush your dentures with a soft-bristled denture brush and some denture cleanser on all surfaces of the denture. If you notice areas with buildup or deposits gently brush them until the deposits are gone. Dentures can break if dropped or if you roughly handle them. Make sure to take care of the clasps when cleaning to avoid bending them. When you brush your dentures, use a light pressure and a denture brush to avoid scratching the surface of the dentures.
Remove and Rinse Dentures After EatingYou don’t have to remove your dentures after eating, but it goes a long way in helping you to keep them clean and keep your breath smelling fresh. Simply remove your dentures and place them under a running tap. This will wash away loose food particles.
Clean Your Mouth After Removing DenturesTaking care of the surfaces of your gums, cheeks, tongue, and any remaining teeth are still important when you have dentures. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush on these surfaces, or you could also use a gauze to wipe everything down. Make sure to remove denture adhesives in this process.
Soak Dentures Overnight and Rinse AfterMost dentures need to be stored in water or a denture soaking solution while they are not in your mouth. Do not place dentures directly into your mouth after a night of soaking them. Rinse them with some tap water and rub them down with a towel if it suits you before placing them in your mouth before you start your day.
Regular Trips to the DentistComing in to see us for regular cleanings is important, so that we can check to make sure that your dentures fit well. If they need some alterations or if they have started to feel like they don’t fit anymore, we can help! If you have more questions or are ready to schedule our appointment, please call us at (503) 675-4594. We are looking forward to seeing you at our Lake Oswego dental practice.