Your Nightly Routine for Denture Care

Your Nightly Routine for Denture Care

Here's one thing that most people get wrong about dentures

Because they are made of synthetic materials and you lost most of your teeth anyway, oral hygiene is not that important anymore. 

And, that's a huge misconception. 

Here's why and how to develop a proper nighttime routine for denture care. 

Why Denture Care Is Important 

Even though most or all of your teeth are gone, the soft tissue (the gums) is still there and it can get infected. 

Dentures can accumulate food particles just like your natural teeth and when not properly removed, they can lead to gum disease, mouth sores, or bad breath. 

Regular cleaning of your dentures is paramount for maintaining good oral health. Moreover, it can also help your dentures last longer. Dentures are sturdy, but they are not invincible. They can be damaged by stains, cracks, or chips and by cleaning them properly, you can extend their lifespan and functionality. Proper care can also prevent dentures from losing their shape and causing discomfort. 

Your Nighttime Routine for Denture Care 

Follow these simple steps for a thorough routine for denture care:

  • Remove Your Dentures: First, carefully remove your dentures. Place a towel in the sink to protect the dentures in case you drop them. 
  • Rinse Your Dentures: After removing your dentures, rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove loose food particles.
  • Clean Your Dentures: Use a soft-bristle brush and a non-abrasive cleaning solution to gently brush the dentures. Make sure to clean all surfaces but be careful not to damage any attachments. 
  • Soak Your Dentures Overnight: If your dentist recommended, place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. This way you can ensure that the dentures will preserve their shape. 
  • Clean Your Mouth: Once you've removed your dentures, make sure to clean your gums and any remaining teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your natural teeth, tongue, and cheeks. 
  • Rinse Dentures Before Wearing: Rinse the dentures in the morning before wearing them. This way you will also remove any soaking solutions that may contain harmful or unpleasant-tasting chemicals.

Keep in mind that these are just some general tips. For more personalized care, you should get in touch with your dentist. 

Dr. David Keeling Can Offer More Denture Caring Tips 

If you just got your dentures and aren't sure how to properly care for them and your oral health, Dr. David Keeling and his team at DK Dental Care are here to offer insightful tips. 

Come by our office in Hales Corners for a consultation and we will make sure that all your questions and concerns have been answered. 

You can book your appointment online by filling out the contact form or you can call us at (414) 529-3253 for a quick and friendly chat.

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