One of the things that Denture Repair of Long Island cannot stress enough to new denture wearers as well as current ones is the proper care and cleaning of their new teeth. It follows then proper care and maintenance is very important where your dentures are concerned and can have an impact on your gums and mouth as well. The following is a list of helpful tips that we provide new denture wearers with at our two Long Island facilities.
- ALWAYS handle your dentures carefully – whenever you remove your dentures for cleaning, you should stand over a folded, thick towel (e.g. plush Egyptian cotton or terrycloth) or a sink that is filled with water. This will cushion their fall if you accidentally drop them.
- Dentures should be brushed and rinsed on a daily basis – just be sure that you don’t use toothpaste when brushing them. Toothpaste contains abrasive materials which can scratch your dentures. Eventually, food and plaque will build up in those microscopic scratches, hence the need to use a brush that has soft bristles and was specially designed for brushing dentures. Be careful that you don’t bend any attachments or damage the plastic components.
- Use a good quality denture cleaner – you can also clean your dentures with a gentle hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Do not use household cleansers or toothpaste as they are far too abrasive. Whenever you aren’t wearing them, you should have them soaking in a cleansing solution or plain water. Be careful of dentures with metal attachments as leaving them in either could tarnish those components.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, care for them properly – in order to prevent them from drying out when you are not wearing them, you want to keep your dentures as moist as possible. This way, they won’t change their shape or dry out. Again, take precautions in order to prevent tarnishing.
Keep in mind that when you are caring for your dentures, you should also be brushing your gums, palate, and tongue with a soft bristled brush to remove any plaque build-up and stimulate mouth circulation. Finally, be sure that you care for your gums by cleaning and massaging them on a regular basis. For more information on caring for new dentures, please contact Denture Repair of Long Island at either of our two locations.