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When you get new dentures, your dentist will no doubt give you some care instructions on how to apply adhesive and how to ensure they stay snug in your mouth. However, there are often care tips that your dentist may overlook and which can ensure that you handle your new dentures properly and avoid damaging them. Before you take your new dentures home or remove them for the first time, note a few simple but very important care tips below.
1. Handling with care
Dropping your dentures as you take them out to clean them can lead to cracks and chips and expensive repairs. To protect them, put a folded towel over the sink or only take them out over a sink full of water. If you do drop them, this will provide some cushion so that they don't chip or crack. Be sure your own hands are clean and dry before handling them as this will help you to keep a firm grip on them when you take them out.
2. Cleaning materials
Toothbrushes and toothpaste can be abrasive on dentures and cause pitting and even cracking. Never use general mouth cleaning products on your dentures. Only use products meant for dentures in particular. This includes not using bleach of any sort, which can make the pink portion of dentures white, and of course you don't want residual bleach to get into your mouth when you put your dentures back in.
Denture brushes are softer than toothbrushes and denture cleaner will be more gentle than toothpaste. For a thorough clean, you want to soak your dentures once per day with a solution meant for this job, or you can use an ultrasonic cleanser that uses sound waves to dislodge food particles. This can give your dentures a more thorough clean than soaking solutions. Avoid hot water if you do soak them, as this can cause dentures to warp and cause the metal pieces of dentures to tarnish.
3. Refit them as necessary
Dentures may need to be refitted over time, as the shape of your face changes. Having your dentures refitted as needed will keep you from getting sores in your mouth and will help avoid having food lodge itself between the dentures and your gums. This will also protect your dentures from being damaged around the metal parts that keep them in place. For more information, contact a business such as Emergency Denture Repairs.