By James F. Pechloff, DDS
September 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures   Teeth  
Investing your money in new teeth is a big step, and Dr. James Pechloff wants Wauwatosa patients to know how to properly care for their dentures to get many years out of them.
Even though there are many advantages to having dentures, don't forget that caring for them is very important in keeping them in tiptop shape.

Dentures ImageListed below are some tips or rules to consider when caring for your Dentures:

  • Take them out and give them a break. Remove your dentures before going to bed so your mouth tissues can recover from wearing them during the day. If you cannot take them out at night, find a time to take them out for at least six to eight hours a day. When you take them out, soak them in warm water if they have metal clasps. If not, a half-vinegar, half-water solution is best. Soaking your dentures will help to remove stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria.
  • Handle your dentures with care. Dentures can break easily and should be cleaned over a folded town or bowl of water in case you accidentally drop them. Always remember never to leave them around children or pets.
  • Clean your dentures daily. Your dentures still need the cleaning attention of real teeth. Stains and tartar can still build on your dentures. Brush them with a regular soft-bristled brush, but not the same one you use for your real teeth. There is also special denture cleaning brushes. Use hand soap, mild dishwashing detergent, mildly abrasive toothpaste or dental paste when cleaning your dentures.
  • Look after your whole mouth, not just your dentures. Your gums need just as much care as your teeth do. Whenever you take your dentures out, be sure to massage your gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush.
  • See Dr. Pechloff at least once a year. He will examine your oral tissues for changes or sores that might become cancerous, as well as oral hygiene and denture care.
  • Watch for changes if your dentures are not fitting properly. The gums and bones of your mouth can change over time and can lead to your dentures not fitting properly. See Dr. Pechloff to adjust them properly.
  • Be sure to keep up with a healthy diet. Even though dentures make it difficult to bite and chew fresh fruits and vegetables, don’t miss out on the nutrients your body needs.
To thoroughly keep up with denture care, follow these steps and visit our office regularly. For more information about dentures, check out denture page here!
Do you have dentures, what are your tips for keeping them clean?