Although they’re artificial, dentures can hold up to all the wear and tear your mouth puts them through, so long as you take care of them properly. In this way, dentures are very similar to the real thing: they need proper care or you’ll soon be without them. So if you currently have dentures or will soon, it would behoove you to study the following ways to properly care for them.

Whenever you do take your dentures out, handle them with extreme care. Many people even put a towel down in case they drop them. This may seem like overkill, but keep in mind how slippery dentures are when they come right out of your mouth and you can appreciate how easily they can end up on the floor, broken.

Just like real teeth, you have to clean your dentures every single day. This means brushing them to clean off plaque, residue and other forms of debris. Brushing will also work to prevent permanent stains from gaining a foothold on them. Make sure you use a toothbrush that was specially designed for dentures as these will usually have softer bristles that won’t harm your fake teeth.

Don’t use real toothpaste on your dentures though – or household cleaners. These tend to be too abrasive and can do more harm than good. Your best bet is to go with a cleaner meant for dentures or to ask your dentist for a recommendation.

If you take your dentures out for a long period of time, it’s absolutely essential that you keep them moist. They’re designed to be in your mouth for the majority of their tenure, after all. Dentures that aren’t kept moist will eventually dry out and can actually lose their shape. However, don’t put them in hot water as this can cause the same problem. Instead ask your dentist what’s best for your specific type of denture.

Lastly, you must reline your dentures every two years, if not more. Your jawbone is constantly shrinking, so much so that it eventually will become too small for your dentures. At that point, you’ll notice the difference as they shift around and even wear your jawbone down further. Your dentist will handle relining for you, which will make sure your dentures always provide a snug, healthy fit.

Caring for your dentures doesn’t have to be a chore. All it takes is a few minutes a day, some common sense and an appointment every couple of years or so.

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