Tips on how to care for your dentures or partial dentures
allow yourself time to adjust to your new dentures
if you are wearing dentures for the first time they will feel different to your natural teeth
new dentures will feel different to your old dentures
it may take several weeks before your dentures feel comfortable
it is common to have some discomfort or experience difficulties, everyone is different so adjustment times vary
you may find you produce more saliva than usual but this will settle with time.
while you adjust to your new dentures, begin with eating soft foods
chew using both sides of your mouth as equal pressure helps keep the denture in position
cut food into smaller portions, let the knife and fork do the work for you
rinse your denture and mouth with water after eating
Cleaning your dentures
Maintain good oral health by keeping your dentures, any remaining natural teeth and mouth clean. Like natural teeth, dentures attract plaque, can stain and collect food particles that cause bad breath and irritate gums.
remove dentures before cleaning
place a face washer in the bottom of the basin or clean your dentures over a plastic container so they don’t break if you drop them
brush your dentures with a soft brush morning and night
use soap and cold water or denture toothpaste then rinse well
if you have a partial denture take care not to bend the clasps
rest your gums at night by leaving your dentures out
clean your dentures and leave them in cold water over night
brush your gums and tongue
brush any remaining natural teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste morning and night.
brushing your dentures with a soft brush and soap will keep them clean
soaking can be useful to remove stains
soak your dentures once a week in water and white vinegar (half and half) for three to four hours, or in water with a denture tablet
brush and rinse your dentures before and after soaking
do not soak partial dentures in water and vinegar – it may corrode the metal.
If you experience pressure or sore spots:
contact the dental clinic, your dentures may need adjusting
do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself
rinse your mouth with warm salty water
leave your denture out as much as possible
ask the dentist or pharmacy about gel for pain (for example Bonjela or Oragum)
wear your dentures for 24 hours prior to the dental appointment so sore spots are more easily identified by the dentist
contact the dental clinic if ulcers do not heal after 10 to 14 days.
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