Discover the best way to handle your dentures to promote a healthier smile.
Now that you’ve finally gotten your new dentures from your Lincolnwood dentist Dr. Robert Silvers, DMD, you want to know exactly how to care for your new smile. If you want your dentures to last you, follow these helpful at-home oral care tips.
Handle carefully: Even though dentures can hold up against some of the powerful chewing forces your jaws can dish out, this oral appliance isn’t invisible. The clasps or plastic attachments can be bent or damaged if handled improperly or too harshly. We also recommend handling your dentures over a towel, so if you drop them they are less likely to incur damage.
Clean daily: Just as you would with natural teeth, you want to also make sure your dentures stay clean. Use a denture cleanser to help remove food and other debris from your smile. Always remember, however, to never brush your dentures while they are still inside your mouth.
Brush your mouth: Teeth aren’t the only spaces where food and debris can linger. That’s why it’s important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your tongue and cheeks. Be sure to do this anytime after you remove your dentures.
Soak dentures: Dentures should never be allowed to dry out; otherwise they will lose their shape. Therefore, always place your dentures in a denture-soaking product overnight. If you have questions about the kind of denture solution to use, talk to your Lincolnwood dentist Dr. Silvers about how to properly store your dentures overnight.
See your Lincolnwood dentist: When you come in for your denture fitting we will also talk to you about how often you need to come in for a dental cleaning and exam. Usually, this is every six months; however, depending on your oral health, we may recommend that you come in more often. If you start to notice slippage, sore spots or loose dentures, then it’s also time to make an appointment.
Whether it’s time for your six-month dental cleaning or you just have a question about caring for your dentures, your Lincolnwood dentist is here to help. Contact Dr. Silvers at The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center in Lincolnwood anytime at (847) 675-7010. We are here for you and your smile.