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Why is it important to care for my dentures?

Keeping your dentures clean prevents them from smelling bad, irritating your gums, and causing sore and infections inside your mouth.

Taking good care of your dentures helps protect your remaining teeth, gum structure, and jawbone. Just because you’re wearing dentures shouldn’t mean that you neglect your mouth. Cleaning your dentures regularly prevents food particles from gathering on your false teeth. This keeps your dentures looking new and feeling fresh. Well-cared for dentures typically last much longer and they perform better throughout their lifetime. Finally, keeping your dentures clean prevents them from smelling bad, irritating your gums, and causing sore lesions and infections inside your mouth.

How do I clean my dentures?

Clean your dentures using a regular toothbrush with liquid soap or other acceptable cleaning solutions

We recommend that you clean your dentures daily. The best time to clean your dentures is after you have just removed them from your mouth at night times, or when you’re about to put them in your mouth in the mornings. Here are some helpful tips on how to best care for your false teeth:

  • Clean your dentures by using a regular toothbrush
  • Use liquid soap or other acceptable cleaning solutions to clean your false teeth
  • Avoid using toothpaste on your dentures because toothpaste is abrasive and it can scratch and damage your false teeth
  • For even cleaner dentures, use special denture cleaning solutions such as Polydent once a week to remove stubborn calcified particles
  • When you’re not wearing your dentures be sure to store them securely in a designated container away from pets and kids
  • Keep your false teeth soaked in room temperature water and avoid hot and cold water

Can I sleep with my dentures in my mouth?

You should avoid sleeping with your dentures in your mouth. Always remove your false teeth before going to bed at night times. Removing your dentures gives your mouth and remaining teeth a little break. Just like the rest of your body, your mouth needs time to rest. Wearing dentures overnight can lead to many problems, such as:

  • Wearing your dentures 24/7 stresses your remaining teeth. This can lead to cavities and increases the rate of bone loss surrounding your teeth. Therefore, when you wear your dentures at nights, you lose your remaining teeth at a much faster rate.
  • Individuals who don’t remove their dentures typically have red and inflamed gum tissue. They have more sore lesions on their gums and experience frequent episodes of pain and infection inside their mouth.
  • Wearing your dentures around the clock causes accelerated bone loss in your mouth, regardless of whether or not you have any teeth left. This makes your jawbone shrink and become weaker, which also makes your dentures looser!
  • When you wear your dentures overnight, they wear out much faster. Your denture teeth become flatter, they are more likely to break, and they lose their effectiveness at chewing food particles. In contrast, well-maintained dentures last much longer, are more efficient at chewing, and they are more enjoyable to wear.

Do I still need to see a dentist if I’m wearing dentures?

You should see the dentist annually if you have no more teeth left in your mouth

Yes! You should continue seeing your dentist at least once a year, even if you are wearing full dentures. Keep in mind, dentists do more than just clean and fix your teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your gums and remaining teeth, check for pre-cancerous lesions, look for TMJ problems, screen for sleep apnea, and so much more. Plus, your dentist will review how you’re caring for your dentures, examine your bite, and make adjustments as needed. Plus, having access to a local dentist could be very helpful in case you ever damage, break, or lose your dentures.

How long do dentures typically last?

Wearing a new set of dentures improves the fit, chewing capability, and it enhances your appearance

Most dentures are typically good for 3 to 5 years before they need to be replaced. Even if you take great care of your dentures, they will eventually have to be replaced. We continue to lose our valuable jawbone every year, especially when we’re without teeth. This causes our dentures to become looser and looser over time. Denture teeth wear flat with repeated use and they lose their chewing efficiency. This significantly reduces your ability to eat harder food objects which can adversely affect your digestion. Wearing a new set of dentures will improve its fit, chewing capability, and it also enhances your appearance.

To learn more about dentures, give us a call today. You can reach us at (949)481-2540 or book your consultation online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine to see if your dentures are working properly. He will also review your denture care routine and make recommendations as needed. If you’d like to learn more about how to care for other dental prosthesis, click on one of the following links: