Alongside making certain the dentures fit well, it's vital that you take good care of the dentures. Here will include tips to keep the dentures working and appearing their best:
Handle them with care.
Dentures can break easily, you’ll want to be careful with them. Clean them over a folded towel or bowl of water in case they drop. Don’t use toothpicks when you’re wearing them, don’t use strong cleaners or hard brushes to clean them and never leave them where young children or pets can reach them.All of these can cause damage to your dentures.
When Not Wearing Dentures
Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. Take your dentures out at night when going to bed and soak them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in warm water. If you have Metal clasps or metal dentures they can tarnish if left to long in a cleaning solution ( so be careful ).
If taking your dentures out at night is not an option for you, then be sure to remove them for six to eight hours at another time of day.
Soaking will help to remove stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria.
Dentures should never be placed in hot water, as it can cause them to warp.
Clean them daily.
Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food and plaque. Brushing also helps prevent the development of permanent stains on the dentures. Brush your dentures with a regular soft-bristled brush—not the same one you use for your real teeth. You can also use a special denture cleaning brush.Gently brush all surfaces of the denture and be careful not to damage the plastic or bend attachments. In between brushings, rinse dentures after every meal.
Look after your whole mouth.
Even if you have complete dentures, you still need to care for your gums. Whenever you take out your dentures, give your mouth a good rinse and then massage your gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush. If you have partial dentures, you still need to properly brush and floss your regular teeth every day.