After Care of Your Dentures

After Care of Your Dentures

Having new dentures will have an impact on your life – positively because it has returned your smile but they can feel large and uncomfortable at first and foreign to you although other people will say they look completely normal.

The amount of time it takes to get used to them will differ between individuals – the average is 4-8 weeks. It is just a skill that you need to master, the longer you have had your old dentures and the more worn they are or if you are a completely new wearer then it will take a little longer.

The key is to be patient with yourself – your mouth is getting used to something new and your tongue is re-learning where the teeth are and its new surroundings.

Commonly people panic about keeping them secure in their mouth. An adhesive can be useful as it will add further security. Only use a small amount – “LESS IS MORE” when it comes to denture adhesives.

For those people who still struggle than implants with clips will provide an answer – ask your dentist/CDT about this.

Cleaning your natural teeth is essential to good overall health and so is cleaning your dentures. Plaque forms on dentures just the same as it does on natural teeth.

The better the condition of your dentures the longer they will last.

Before you start cleaning your dentures remember to fill the sink with water or place a soft towel folded underneath – if you do accidentally drop the denture it will not break.

  • Rinse your denture under running water to remove any obvious debris
  • Clean with a recommended paste and brush.
  • Remember to brush the rest of your natural teeth and gums.
  • If you use mouthwash – do so before replacing your dentures back in your mouth.
  • Always rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth.

Leave your dentures out at night – it’s a chance for the tissues to rest, and your saliva to circulate.

If you cannot leave them out at night, then do try to leave them out for a few hours at another time instead.

The better the condition of your dentures the better they will serve you but nothing lasts forever.

On average, they should be replaced every 5-10 years.

If in doubt consult your dentist or CDT

Ring us on 01332 209647 for a consultation