Taking proper care of your dentures is important because good maintenance will keep your mouth healthy and can help you go longer between replacements. Soaking dentures is one key step that some people forget. Keep reading to learn more about why soaking is so important — and then find some additional bonus tips for better denture maintenance overall.
Why Soak Dentures?
Your denture is customized to fit the unique shape of your mouth perfectly. To retain its comfortable fit, the denture needs to be soaked anytime it is not in your mouth. At night before bed, drop your denture in a cup of warm water or a cleansing soak. When you wake up, remove the denture from the soak, brush and rinse it off, and then insert — and it will be just as comfortable and well-fitting as when you last left it.
Better Denture Maintenance Starts With…
Soaking your teeth in water or a cleansing solution is just one step for keeping them in good shape. Make sure you are also practicing the following simple maintenance tips:
- Brush your dentures daily using hand soap or a special denture cleaner, which will be less abrasive than regular toothpaste. Use a soft toothbrush and clean gently to avoid creating small scratches in the teeth.
- Avoid boiling temperatures with your tooth replacement — anything too hot will cause your denture to warp.
- If your denture has metal attachments, your dentist can recommend the best soaking solution to avoid tarnishing.
- Anytime you are handling your replacement teeth, avoid breaking them due to an accidental drop by placing a towel on the surface beneath you.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
One other key maintenance tip is visiting your restorative dentist as often as recommended. Your dentures will periodically need to be replaced due to natural wear and tear and as your mouth changes shape. When replacement is necessary (usually every 4 to 6 years, depending on maintenance and other factors), you will notice your teeth are not fitting as well — the denture may start to slip and slide around when you eat or speak. Visiting your dentist regularly can help you avoid oral sores and discomfort, as they can intercept any denture problems early on and provide a solution before problems occur.
To wrap up, dentures are a wonderful tooth replacement for many patients, and they do require a few special care tips. But with proper maintenance, you can enjoy comfortable, beautiful replacement teeth for years to come!
Meet the Practice
Canatella Dental is led by Dr. Todd Canatella and Dr. Rachel Neumeyer, who have decades of combined experience in creating beautiful, long-lasting smiles. To learn more about dentures or to schedule an appointment for any general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry treatment, go ahead and contact their office by phone at (504) 282-0700.