What's the Best Way to Care for Removable Dentures?

Removable partial or full dentures require good care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best.

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Keep both your mouth and your dentures clean.  Everyone should brush their teeth 2-3 times per day using an ADA (American Dental Association) recommended toothpaste. This is especially true for partial denture wearers. Your partial should be removed and rinsed and your teeth should be brushed after every meal. Failure to do so will result in tooth decay and failure of your partial denture.
  • Dr. Moore recommends cleaning your entire mouth after every meal, snack or drink (other than plain water).  Clean your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Use white, distilled vinegar as a cleaning agent. DO NOT soak your dentures in vinegar but dip the toothbrush in venegar and use it to scrub your dentures clean. Rinse with cool, clean water and place the dentures back in your mouth.  DO NOT use bleach or regular toothpaste as it can break down the acrylic.
  • Next, we recommend that you rinse with a mouthwash (2-3 times per day) for 30 seconds. This will help to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
  • It is a good idea to regularly have your dentures or partial dentures professionally cleaned. This can be done in our office in just a few minutes for a small fee.
  • Never try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. We have a lab in our office and we can handle most repairs, adjustments and cleanings while you wait. Call us to schedule your appointment.
  • Even denture-wearers should get regular checkups. Dr. Moore recommends having a yearly exam to make sure your mouth is healthy and that your dentures are fitting properly.  Patients that are edentulous (have no teeth) have soft tissues, muscles and bones in their head and neck area.  Over time, these tissues can change and negatively affect- the fit of your denture. Often this can be corrected by relining or adjusting your dentures. Regular check-ups will also help prevent sores and other more serious problems.
  • Your dentures should fit without using adhesive.  Contact us if your denture becomes loose or you are having trouble with your denture staying in. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores, and infection.  A reline or adjustment may be necessary.  You may also be a good candidate for dental implants.  No more adhesive, sore spots, or loose teeth. Implant dentures can improve your chewing, speech, and general quality of life. Dr. Moore can do the implants and implant dentures from start to finish in our Durango office.

We love helping our patients in the four corners area by providing quality, custom dentures. Please call our office if you have any questions about caring for your dentures. We love to see you smile!

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