Dentures and Your Oral Hygiene Routine

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The custom dentures or partial dentures fitted for you at DeMercy Dental effectively restore the function and appearance of one or more sets of your teeth. Even though your dentures are made out of artificial materials that aren’t susceptible to bacteria and tooth decay, they will still need important consideration in your oral hygiene routine and daily activities.

Many people that use dentures find that denture adhesive helps secure the unit in place while also helping to block out food particles. If a few food particles come between your dentures and your gums, you should thoroughly rinse them and any residual adhesive away. You can then reapply more denture adhesive to the clean surface.

Before you go to bed at night, you should take your dentures out and thoroughly rinse them to remove any plaque buildup and residual adhesive. Then you should brush all of the surfaces of the dentures with a soft bristled toothbrush and denture polish. If you have denture implants you should also brush them and any locking hardware to remove plaque buildup. Soak the dentures overnight in water and keep them in a safe place.

Many people with dentures like to also clean their tongue by brushing it or using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria and help stave off bad breath.

If you have questions about the best way to take care of your dentures, you can call DeMercy Dental at 770.641.8010 to schedule an appointment.