Dentures have come a long way over the years, and are now made from very advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance. However, just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for to remove plaque and food particles. Unclean or malformed dentures can cause infections, irritations, bad breath, and a number of other oral problems. Here are a few tips for taking care of your dentures.
Clean Dentures Daily
Brush your dentures each day the same way that you would brush your teeth. Use a soft-bristle denture brush, designed specifically for cleaning dentures. Be careful not to bend any attachments. You can use special denture cleaners to soak your dentures at night, but remember that soaking is not a substitute for brushing. After all, you wouldn’t substitute mouth wash for daily teeth brushing.
Avoid Using Abrasive Chemicals
When cleaning your dentures, avoid commercial types of toothpaste and other highly abrasive chemicals and pastes. Dentists recommend cleaning your dentures with cool or tepid water. Hot water may warp a denture, and vigorously brushing with hard-bristled toothbrushes can scratch or even crack your dentures.
Visit Your Dentist
Regular visits to your dentist are critical if you wear dentures. Your dentist can make minor adjustments to ensure that your dentures fit naturally and comfortably. Additionally, your dentist can use a powerful ultrasonic cleaner to remove hard accumulations of tartar and other substances on your dentures. If you notice any signs of irritation or gum disease, visit your dentist immediately.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C., call (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kakosian’s office in NYC focuses on general and cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages. He can help keep your dentures looking and feeling great. If you live in NYC, visit Dr. Kakosian to learn about all of the dental services he offers, including dental implants and teeth whitening.