Caring For Your Dentures
Care for Dentures
At Vodusek Denture Clinic, we also stress the proper care of your dentures for longer lasting enjoyment.
After a meal, it is a good idea to rinse and brush your denture appliance with water and denture paste/foam, such as Polident or dish soap. Other products are abrasive and can scratch your teeth.
When you first receive your new dentures, we recommend eating soft foods for the first few days. After that, we recommend you introduce one hard food at a time. This will allow the underlying tissue to conform to the appliance. If sores develop on the gums, it is important to contact the office. Use a baking soda mixture, salt, if permitted, or mouthwash to decrease inflammation. Rinsing two to three times per day is also recommended.
With partial dentures, we recommend flossing and brushing your natural teeth daily. This helps to maintain a healthy mouth and removes bacteria between the natural teeth and partial denture.
When wearing dentures, your gums, tongue, and mouth roof must be gently brushed with a soft bristle toothbrush. This will assist in keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Some patients prefer to use an electric toothbrush to massage gums and to clean natural teeth.
How to Soak and Clean Your Dentures
It is important to soak your dentures for at least 30 minutes or overnight to allow your gums to breathe. To soak dentures, add water and a drop of mouthwash or denture cleanser in your denture cup. Most denturists recommend Renew™ or Nu-Dent as a soaking and cleansing agent. These products are also available for purchase at Vodusek Denture Clinic.
After soaking is complete, rinse your dentures with water and brush your natural teeth and gums before reinserting your dentures or partials.
Bleach should not be used to clean or soak your dentures, as it will weaken, discolour, and decrease the strength of the dentures.
Brushing your dentures will prevent staining and build up.
Can I Wear My Dentures While I Sleep?
When you first acquire your dentures, we recommend keeping them in at night. It will help you to get accustomed to the feel while you sleep. Many people cannot sleep with them and many people can. It is your choice.
It is important to remember that a majority of dentures and partials need transition time to conform to your gum and jaw structure. This transition time will allow for a comfortable fit in the end. If too many adjustments are made too soon, the precision of your new denture may be compromised.
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