Tips for Taking Good Care of Your Dentures

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The custom set of dentures fitted for you by Dr. Michael Hollingsworth effectively restore the full function and appearance of your teeth. With proper care and cleaning, as well as a few minor lifestyle modifications, your new dentures will serve you for many years to come.

Denture adhesive is a popular and convenient way that many denture wearers use to secure their dentures in place. It also has the added benefit of helping to block out food particles from getting between the base of the dentures and their gums. If a few food particles get stuck in the space between the denture and your gums, you should thoroughly rinse the unit and reapply fresh adhesive.

You will need to give your dentures a thorough rinsing when you take them out each night. This will help to clear away residual denture adhesive and provide a smooth surface to which to reapply adhesive in the morning. You should then brush all the surfaces of your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste or denture polish. You can store it overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.

If you only have dentures replacing one set of teeth, whether upper or lower, you should brush and floss your remaining natural teeth as part of your regular daily oral hygiene routine. It’s also a good idea to brush or clean your tongue to remove excess plaque and bacteria.

If you have questions about how to take care of your new dentures, you can call Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788 to schedule an appointment.