A Denture Wearer’s Guide to Oral Hygiene

Feb - Denture Wearers Guide to Oral Hygiene

A Denture Wearer’s Guide to Oral Hygiene

Replacing some or all your missing teeth with traditional dentures can restore your complete smile and enhance your quality of life. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to ensure your dentures stay clean and free of stains and continue functioning at their best. Dr. McGuire and our dedicated team at Great Lakes Dentures and Implants are happy to offer tips on caring for your dentures to ensure you enjoy long-term healthy smiles.  

What Are Your Denture Options? 

At Great Lakes Dentures and Implants, we offer a range of denture options, including complete and partial dentures

  • Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are removable oral prosthetic devices designed to replace an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. They typically consist of gum-colored bases with replacement teeth made to match your smile. 
  • Partial Dentures: Partials are ideal for replacing one or several missing teeth when some healthy teeth remain. They consist of gum-colored resin bases and one or more replacement teeth. Partial dentures attach to existing teeth using metal frameworks and clasps or precision attachments. 

Oral Hygiene Tips for Dentures Wearers

It is important to follow the care instructions we provide to ensure optimal function and longevity for your dentures. In general, here’s a look at some home oral hygiene care tips for denture wearers: 

Clean Your Dentures Daily: Make sure you brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste or denture cleanser. If you use a denture adhesive, clean it off gently. Never rinse your dentures in hot water to avoid warping your restoration. 

Soak Your Dentures Overnight: Place your dentures in water or a denture cleanser overnight to give your mouth a break. Rinse them carefully before placing them back in your mouth. 

Clean Your Gums and Remaining Teeth: Use a soft-bristled brush to clean any remaining teeth, your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth after removing your dentures. If you use any denture adhesives, ensure no residue remains on your gums. 

Rinse Your Dentures After Eating: Make sure to rinse your dentures after eating to remove any particles and debris and to lower the risk of staining. Handle your restoration gently to avoid damage or breakage.

Avoid DIY Denture Repair: If you have sore spots on your gums or if your dentures feel loose, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We are happy to make any needed adjustments or may reline your dentures to ensure they continue to provide the best possible fit, comfort, and function. Avoid making any repairs to your restorations to prevent irreparable damage. 

Keep Up with Routine Dental Exams: Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, it’s important to keep up with your routine preventative care. Dr. McGuire and our team will ensure your dentures and oral health stay in tip-top shape. 

Complete and Partial Denture Care Near Me in Plainwell, MI

Contact Great Lakes Dentures and Implants to learn more about caring for your dentures. Dr. McGuire and our dedicated team are happy to offer tips to ensure your restorations continue enhancing your smile for many years to come. We invite you to call us at 269-888-6686 or schedule your appointment online today!