Care for Dentures
Dentures require regular, proper care to keep them from getting stains and bacteria. However, if you’ve most recently begun wearing dentures, you may notice that your saliva flow has increased, some mild irritation, and even gagging. Getting used to your dentures takes patience and practice, and once you’ve passed through those initial stages, the routine part of cleaning and storing your dentures may seem like a tedious, confusing task. Luckily, our dentists are here to help you adjust to your new dentures with some professional advice!
Cleaning your Dentures
Dentures operate on a unique set of parameters; they’re more delicate than other restorations, need more time to clean, and require extra materials such as denture adhesives to wear. However, for those who need dentures for their oral health, they’re lifesavers. Here’s what we suggest for cleaning and storing your dentures:
- Make sure to rinse your dentures after each meal to get rid of any leftover debris. If you can’t clean them right away, make sure to brush your dentures once a day with a denture cleanser, liquid soap, or dish soap to remove those food particles. Use soft bristle brushes to avoid any abrasion to the denture surface.
- Don’t use bleach, whitening products, or any abrasive cleaning products to clean your dentures because the abrasiveness of these materials can damage the dentures.
- Also, make sure to rinse your dentures in cold water – hot water can warp the dentures if used over time.
- To store your dentures, use a denture solution or room temperature water to keep your dentures from drying out. Keep them soaked in that solution or water overnight to use the next day. When you’re ready to use them, brush your denture with your denture solution.
- If the denture solution is ingested, the denture solution can be dangerous, causing vomiting, pain, and burns, so when rinsing them, hold them in a soft paper towel and fill your sink up with room temperature water to rinse them thoroughly.
If you’re new to wearing dentures, here’s some advice on how to practice wearing them:
- Start with soft foods to practice chewing and swallowing, as hard foods can be difficult at first to ingest.
- Practice talking by pronouncing words in front of a mirror, and if needed, use a denture adhesive to get used to wearing the dentures for stability.
- Practice breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques to help avoid gagging. These techniques will allow you to take your mind off the dentures and give you more control and ease.
Life with Dentures
When you’re adapting to your new dentures, check-in with Dr. Alireza Movassaghi to learn more, he’ll explain the facts about your dentures and how to wear them. Dr. Movassaghi at Torrance Dental Associates will be happy to answer any of your questions regarding your dentures and will be able to help all of your dental concerns. If you live in the Torrance, CA area, and need a regular checkup, contact Dr. Movassaghi to schedule an appointment today.