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Avoid Misadventures With Your Dentures. Good Oral Health Is Important at Any Age

Whether you just got dentures or have worn them for years, you’ll always have something to smile about if you keep your dentures in good condition. A good rule of thumb is to clean your dentures as frequently as you would clean your natural teeth. Here are some recommendations:

  • Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that are approved for denture use and make sure you brush at least twice a day. If you can’t brush, rinse your mouth after every meal.
  • Take out your dentures at least once a day. Leave them out overnight to allow the tissue under your dentures to breathe.
  • While your dentures are out, brush your gums gently and rinse out your mouth to remove any food particles caught between your dentures and gums and to increase blood flow to your gums.
  • Soak your dentures overnight in a denture cleaning solution or water. If you use a solution, make sure to rinse your dentures before placing them in your mouth in the morning.
  • Use warm water when soaking or cleaning your dentures. Hot water can warp your dentures.
  • Avoid using toothpicks or any item that may scratch your dentures.

Even though you wear dentures, it is still important to visit your dentist once a year for an oral cancer screening and to make sure that your dentures fit well and are in good condition. Your dentist can also answer questions about brushes or denture cleaning products.

For more information about denture care, visit:
National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus

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