How To Care For Your Dentures 2018-04-09T11:06:54+00:00

How To Care For Your Dentures

  • Clean your dentures twice a day.
  • Use a denture brush when cleaning them, and denture paste or baking soda. DO NOT use toothpaste.
  • Dentures can be slippery. Use either a towel under your hands or fill the sink with water to prevent breaking if the fall off your hands.
  • After each meal make sure to remove your denture and rinse both the denture and your mouth to minimize any food irritating your tissues.
  • Remove your denture every night before bed and put them in a denture bath. This will allow the tissues to relax and will disinfect your denture.
  • Be sure to continue to brush your tongue and gums with a soft brush without any toothpaste.
  • It will take 6-8 weeks to feel comfortable eating with your new dentures.
  • Here are a couple of tips:
    • Begin with soft foods
    • Eat small bites, and place them slightly to the side
    • Try to chew on both sides at the same time. This will give more stability to the denture.
    • Avoid biting into food, as it may dislodge the dentures.
    • Be careful with very hot foods or drinks; dentures decrease your sensitivity and you may end up burning your tissues.
  • Most dentures will cause some degree of soreness initially. We recommend you come in for an adjustment if you’re experiencing any soreness. Multiple adjustments may be required.
  • Practice speaking with your dentures.  It’s common to have some difficulty initially, especially with ‘f’ and ‘s’ sounds.
  • It will take time, your tongue needs to be re-trained.
  • Increased salivation is normal initially. Once you’re used to wearing your denture, this will correct itself.
  • Denture wearers should see their dentist once a year to evaluate the denture and the surrounding tissues.  You should also come in if your denture breaks, chips, or is causing sore spots. Please don’t attempt to fix this on your own.
  • Also, as time passes, your denture may need to be relined for a better fit, or a new one should be made. No denture is meant to last forever.
  • After the extractions, you should leave your dentures in place for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the dentures and rinse with warm salt water. Do not expectorate. Your mouth will be sore, but we recommend you try to wear the dentures as much as you can, making sure to remove it at night. Usually, they require more adjustments, please call our office if you develop any sore spots.