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Tips for Better Denture Wear and Care

Dentures can improve your smile and overall quality of life, but they are an investment. Costs vary by person and region, but a complete set averages $1,300, according to Health care Blue Book. While dental insurance may help with the expense, you don’t want to find yourself replacing them too often.

Additionally, poor denture care can result in an uncomfortable fit, as well as painful and expensive oral health problems.

Follow these basic tips to keep your denture-wearing experience positive:

  1. Clean them properly
  2. Remove and clean your dentures daily to remove debris, keep your breath clean, and prevent staining. The American Dental Association reminds denture wearers to never use powdered household cleansers or bleach, and the American College of Prosthodontists states that the chemicals and materials in toothpaste can also harm dentures. Instead, use a denture cleaner, mild handsoap or dishwashing liquid, along with warm water and a soft toothbrush. It is also recommended that you rinse your dentures with water after meals.

  3. Don’t let them dry out
  4. When you are not wearing your dentures, make sure you keep them moist. Dentures can dry out and lose their shape, which means they will not fit well. Soak them in a denture cleaning solution or water—but never hot water, which will cause warping. Dentures should be removed nightly to give your gums and jaw a break from the pressure.

  5. Leave adjustments to the professionals
  6. It may be tempting to troubleshoot or ignore problems with denture fit. You may end up doing more harm than good, which can result in even more costly repairs or replacements. Ill-fitting dentures can result in mouth sores and infections, as well as difficulty eating.

    If you break or damage your dentures, or they become uncomfortable, schedule an appointment with your dentist or prosthodontist right away. He or she can help you safely address any issues.

  7. Handle with care
  8. When removing your dentures, exercise caution. Dropping them may result in damage or breakage. OralB reminds denture wearers to fill the sink with water or place a folded towel in it when handling them for cleaning or removal.

  9. Continue caring for your mouth
  10. Just because you wear dentures doesn’t mean you don’t need to practice oral hygiene. You still run the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems, even if you have no remaining natural teeth. Gently brush your gums, twice daily, and visit the dentist every six months for a checkup. If you have natural teeth remaining, be sure to floss between them daily.

Discuss denture care with your dentist to ensure the optimal procedure for your situation. When properly maintained, your dentures can last several years.

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