Dentures are a lifesaver for anyone who has lost teeth for any reason. They allow you to get back the dignity that you may have lost and to feel more confident when you smile and engage with others in conversation. But if you want to continue that “feel good” feeling, you’ll need to learn how to care for your dentures so they last longer and look their best for as long as possible. Here are tips to properly caring for your dentures in Dayton.
Use Commercial Denture Cleaner
Don’t get tempted to simply soak your dentures in water or another DIY solution. It’s important to use a commercial denture cleaner. These cleaners aren’t expensive and they contain special ingredients that are designed to clean and sterilize your dentures. Sterilization is especially important since you don’t want to introduce bacteria into your mouth. If you need a recommendation on which commercial denture cleaner to use, just ask your Dayton dentist.
Clean Dentures Every Night
When you aren’t wearing your dentures, they need to be in a cleaning solution. Since dentures need to be cleaned at least once during every 24-hour period, this means you’ll need to remove them for a period of hours for cleaning. Most people find that it’s convenient to remove dentures at night, while they’re sleeping. Don’t disregard this advice, since it’s essential to remove germs and bacteria that your dentures may have picked up from eating and drinking during the day.
Don’t Dunk in Boiling Water
Your dentures have plastic components that can warm if exposed to intense heat. For this reason, don’t try to take a “shortcut” to disinfect by dunking or soaking your dentures in boiling water. Your dentures were carefully fitted to your mouth and palate. Dunking or soaking them in boiling or even very hot water can cause your dentures to become misshapen and not fit your mouth anymore.
Use ADA-Approved Denture Adhesive
Denture adhesive can help your dentures stay in place. Just be sure to always use ADA-approved denture adhesive, to avoid exposing your dentures to sticky substances that may not work as expected.
When you’re fitted with dentures in Dayton, your dentist at Gamber Family Dental will provide more detailed instructions on how to properly care for your new dentures. Be sure to follow all directions and if you do have questions, please contact us.