All surfaces of the oral cavity—including teeth, orthodontic appliances, and dentures—have a tendency to become coated with plaque, which is a transparent, sticky film that attracts bacteria and food particles. When oral care is not performed regularly, plaque begins to harden, which makes it difficult to remove. This can result in tooth and gum disease.
As is the case with natural teeth, brushing your dentures and gums at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque, which will maintain good oral health. Doing so also keeps denture stains and bad breath odors from happening.
Although dentures serve to replace the functions of natural teeth, there are some key differences to be aware of when caring for your removable pearly whites to keep them bright and long lasting.
Keeping your dentures clean is only part of the equation. You need to take care of them as well. Here are some things you can do to make your dentures last as long as possible.
Keep all regular fitting appointments when you get new dentures. Here are some things to be aware of that may prompt a visit outside of your normal appointments:
The most effective way to keep your dentures in good shape is by daily brushing, in combination with cleaning the dentures with a chemical solution made for dentures. Keep your mouth in good health by cleaning your gums and oral cavity at least once daily.
Staying in contact with your dentist regularly is important to ensure that your dentures and oral health are optimal. Dentists not only perform cleanings but can also spot early signs of diseases, such as oral cancer.
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Last reviewed November 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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