Health Blog

Caring for your Dentures

Q: Do I really need to brush my dentures?

A: For those who are missing teeth, full or partial dentures (teeth replacements) can make it easier to eat, speak, and smile. Below are tips I recommend to my denture-wearing patients for maintaining dentures and a healthy mouth.

  • Remove dentures for at least four of every 24 hours. This is important for keeping gums healthy and preventing infection.
  • Brush dentures at least twice a day, just as you would brush your natural teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush and cleaner made especially for dentures—do not use toothpaste, as it is too abrasive for dentures. Look for products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
  • When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them in fresh water to keep them from warping.
  • When you remove your dentures and before you put them back in, brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth.
  • Continue to visit your dentist regularly and be sure to bring your dentures with you.
  • Over time, it may be necessary to adjust dentures to ensure they properly fit your naturally changing mouth. Poorly fitting dentures can cause sores or infections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:
Nicole Kooiker, DDS
Dentist at Heart of the City Health Center