At Guildford Smiles Dentistry in Surrey our dentists understand that it takes a little time to get used to caring for new dentures properly. To help you as you adjust to life with dentures here are some tips on how to keep your dentures looking and feeling their best.
Dentures replace missing teeth, restoring the look and function of your smile. To keep your new dentures looking and working their very best, caring for them properly is essential.
Thoroughly Clean Your Dentures Every Day
The key to keeping your dentures looking great is cleaning them thoroughly and regularly, like your would your natural teeth. Do not use toothpaste on your dentures, simply hold your dentures under cool or warm running water (not hot) and gently brush them with a soft denture brush. Take your time and be careful to clean every area of your dentures. When cleaning around attachments be extra cautious, since attachments can bend. Be sure to clean your dentures thoroughly every day. It's also a good idea to rinse your dentures under cool running water after eating to help remove food particles and keep your smile looking great.
Soak Dentures Each Night
We recommend that you soak your dentures every night to help make them easier to clean. Soaking helps to loosen plaque and tartar that can build up on dentures. Simply remove your dentures when it's time for bed, and leave them to soak in plain warm water or denture cleaner overnight. If your dentures have metal attachments, just use plain water since denture solutions can tarnish the metal. While soaking helps to make your dentures easier to clean, it does not take the place of daily brushing! Soaking and brushing thoroughly every day will help to keep your dentures in good condition.
Treat Dentures With Care
At Guildford Smiles Dentistry, our Surrey dentists recommend placing a soft folded towel in the sink, (or on the bathroom vanity), while you're handling your dentures. If you accidentally drop your dentures the towel can act as a cushion to help protect them from being damaged by landing on hard surfaces. Be sure to store your dentures in water whenever you aren't wearing them, to prevent them from drying out.