Old Teeth

How Do I Best Care for My Dentures?

If you’re missing some or all of your teeth, complete or partial dentures can restore your healthy, confident smile and enhance your quality of life. It’s important to keep in mind that your tooth replacements will require proper care to keep them clean, free of stains, and looking and functioning their best for as long as possible. Here’s all you need to know about the best care and maintenance practices for your dentures. 

Denture Care – Best Practices

  • Rinse Your Dentures After Eating: It’s important to rinse your restorations after every meal to remove any food particles and debris. Handle your partial or complete dentures with care as you take them out and return them to your mouth to avoid any damage or breakage.
  • Clean Your Dentures Daily: Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleanser to remove any food particles or debris. If you use a denture adhesive, clean it off gently.
  • Keep Your Mouth Clean: Use a soft-bristled brush or gauze to clean any remaining teeth, your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth after taking out your dentures. If you use a denture adhesive, make sure to remove any of it off your gums. 
  • Soak Your Dentures Overnight: Take your restorations out before going to bed to give your mouth a break. Make sure to soak your dentures in water or a denture cleanser, as per the care instructions we provide. 
  • Rinse Your Dentures Prior to Placing Them in Your Mouth: Make sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly before returning them to your mouth. That’s especially important after soaking them in a denture cleaning solution. 
  • Maintain Your Routine Dental Exams: It’s essential to keep up with your routine dental exams to have your removable dentures professionally cleaned and examined for any signs of damage. During your visits, our team will evaluate your gums and any remaining natural teeth to make sure they stay healthy and sound. 
  • Contact Highlight Family Dentistry if You Have Any Concerns: If you develop any sore spots or if your dentures become loose, let us know right away. We’ll make any adjustments necessary and may recommend relining your dentures to ensure they continue to fit and function the way they should. 

Denture Care – Things to Avoid

  • Anything Abrasive: Avoid toothbrushes with stiff bristles, abrasive toothpaste, or harsh cleansers to prevent damage to your restorations. 
  • Hot Water: Very hot water can warp and permanently damage your dentures, so clean them with warm water instead. 
  • Bleach: Never soak your dentures in anything containing bleach products because they can weaken the dentures, change their color, and tarnish any metal parts. 
  • DIY Denture Repairs: Avoid making any repairs to your restorations because the last thing you want is to end up with damaged or broken dentures. If your dentures are loose or damaged or if you have any concerns, please contact our office for an appointment. Our dental professionals will make any necessary repairs so your dentures continue functioning as they should. 

Quality Dental Care Near Me

Contact Highlight Family Dentistry of Hutto, TX, to learn more about caring for your dentures to ensure they enhance your smile and oral health for many years to come. If you have sore spots, loose dentures, or any other concerns, make sure to let us know. You can always count on our team for the highest level of care. Call us at (512) 886-2644 to schedule your appointment or request one online today!