Dr. Venitress Carrington and her team at Smile Creations in Covington, GA offer full denture service – provisional, immediate, implant-supported, and traditional dentures, relining, and repair. Their commitment to patient care doesn’t stop there. They want you to enjoy a bright smile, fresh breath, and a healthy mouth for life. Dr. Carrington shares these tips on home dental care for dentures.
Handling and cleaning dentures
- Remove – Work with one denture at a time, over a clean towel next to the sink. If you accidentally drop the denture, it won’t break.
- Brush – Rinse the denture with tepid water (hot could warp the plastic). Wet a denture or soft toothbrush. Apply non-abrasive denture cleaner or clear hand soap to the brush. Hold the denture in the palm of your non-dominant hand and gently scrub all surfaces. Rinse again with cool water and place the denture on the towel. Repeat with the other arch. Now, using a regular toothbrush and mild toothpaste, brush your gums and tongue. Rinse and spit. Insert dentures in the mouth.
- Soak – Dentures need a sanitizing bath at least once a week. Use a commercial product, as DIY recipes may fade color or corrode metal components of dentures. After soaking according to product directions, brush dentures with the solution, rinse, and insert.
- Store – Dentures should be stored in soaking solution or water whenever they are not in your mouth. This keeps the material from drying out and changing shape.
- Sleep – We recommend taking dentures out at bedtime. This encourages healthy jaw bone volume and density, for facial support and continued denture fit. It also reduces oral bacteria and fungi which can lead to odor, irritation, and oral disease.
For dental care that doesn’t end when you get dentures, call (770) 786-2754 to schedule an appointment at Smile Creations in Covington, GA.