If you recently received your dentures, one of the first things you are probably wondering about is how to clean them. It is obviously different from brushing your natural teeth. Here are a few simple steps to ensure your new dentures stay as clean as they can.
Rinse out your mouth after removing your dentures
Your dentures aren’t the only things that get dirty when you eat. Rinse your mouth out every time you remove your dentures to ensure that you get a good fit when you put them back in. It is also important because if you have left over food debris in your mouth, it can get back on your dentures, which will make rinsing them pointless. Rinsing your mouth has the added benefit of getting rid of bad tastes.
Remove and rinse your dentures after eating
Your dentures get the dirtiest while you eat. Remove your dentures after every meal and give them a rinse. Simply run them under the water to clear away food debris and particles.
Soak your dentures overnight
According to dentists, most dentures require moisture to avoid being warped or bent. Since they stay moist while they are in your mouth, it is only when they are out of your mouth that you need to worry. Soak your dentures overnight, and you won’t have to worry about them losing their shape. You can also use this opportunity to soak them in cleaning solution.
Rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth
If you soak your dentures in cleaning solution overnight, rinse them off before you put them back in your mouth. Most of the cleaning solutions on the market can leave a foul taste in your mouth if you taste it on your dentures. Also, many of them contain harmful chemicals that can cause sickness if ingested.
Schedule Regular Dentist Appointments
Make sure to see your dentist at least twice a year. Doing so helps ensure that your dentures stay in the correct shape. You will also be able to ask any question that might come up between visits. Your dentist will be able to tell if there is something wrong with your dentures and perhaps save you pain and money by preventing any problems.
Do you have Dental Insurance?
If you don’t have dental insurance, you can still find inexpensive dental care. Dental schools, for example, will often take on patients, although you’ll spend more time there than you would at a traditional dentist’s office. Keep in mind, too, that dental insurance will cover only a portion of your visit or procedures. Check to see what’s covered by your insurance plan.
Getting dentures for the first time will require you to get into the habit of doing the things necessary to keep your dentures and mouth clean. Clean dentures are important, not only because they are expensive, but because dirty dentures can lead to illness and bad tastes.