If you are going to have a full extraction of your teeth soon, or if you already got your new dentures, it is important to make sure that you are well informed on how to take care of them. After all, dentures are anything but cheap, so you want to care for them as well as you can so you will not have to worry about breaking them and needing to buy replacements too soon. Here are a few tips to help you keep your new dentures in good shape:
Allow Them To Soak Overnight
You need to remove your dentures before you go to bed. Place a denture cleaning tablet into a small cup or bowl of warm water. You will then gently place your dentures into that solution and leave them in there overnight to soak. This will give your dentures a deep cleaning that they need after being worn all day long.
Avoid Using Toothpaste On Them
Toothpaste is great for natural teeth, but not for dentures. It might not seem like it, but the toothpaste is just too abrasive for your dentures. If you only have an upper or lower denture and you still have some natural teeth, you can use the toothpaste on those. Dentures should be removed from your mouth when you clean them. Use warm water, a clean toothbrush, and a mild liquid soap. Rinse thoroughly and your dentures will be ready to be put back in your mouth.
Watch What You Eat
Remember that you are not going to be able to eat anything and everything like you used to. There is always the risk of breaking one or more of the teeth in your dentures, and you want to avoid that if at all possible. This means that you may want to avoid trying to chew on hard taffy and super hard candies. You might also want to avoid eating a lot of steak because of how hard it can be to chew. If you do want to eat any steak, make sure that you are taking only very small bites that you can chew a lot before swallowing.
You can also talk with your dentist about how to care for your dentures. They are likely to have a lot of valuable information for you. Take notes or ask if there is a pamphlet that you can take home with you for future reference.