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How To Care For Your Dentures

At De-ientes Dental, we provide partial dentures for patients who have lost teeth. Having gaps in your smile can really impact self-esteem and confidence. While we understand that the cost of having dentures and restorative dentists can put people off, it’s important to have a complete smile as it greatly impacts your smile as a whole. Over time, your remaining teeth move and shift, impacting your bite and facial structure as a result. Having partial dentures restores your smile and your confidence. Thanks to advances in restorative dentists, dentures are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever. So if you need to have dentures, why not consider our 0% finance option for payments? Spreading the cost over monthly increments helps to manage the cost in a much less daunting way. 

This guide will introduce you to everything you need to know while maintaining your dentures. Most of this information you’ll already be familiar with. After you receive your dentures, your dentist will make sure that you’re completely clued up with what you need to do at home. It’s a lot to take on all at once so we’ve put together all the tips and steps around denture maintenance in one place so the information is here for you when you need it. 

Daily Cleaning

As is the case with your natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned daily to remove food particles and developing bacteria. When cleaning your dentures, you’ll need to handle them carefully to avoid damaging the acrylic. The best time to properly clean your dentures is before you go to bed as you need to remove them in order to clean them. It’s easier to clean them and then soak them overnight. 

If you use dental adhesive to achieve a more secure and comfortable fit, you can gargle warm water before removing the dentures to soften the adhesive. This will make removing the dentures much easier and is gentler on your gums. Once removed, you can then rinse your dentures in the sink using lukewarm or cold water. Never use hot water as this can warp the dentures, damaging them. 

To brush your dentures, you can use a specially designed denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush. Don’t use any tools that are too abrasive including abrasive toothpastes. You can use a denture paste or low-abrasive toothpaste as a cleaning product. Rinse off all the paste once you have brushed the denture. Place your dentures somewhere safe while you then brush your existing teeth. Rinse well to remove any adhesive residues. Take extra care in cleaning around your gums and flossing between teeth. 

Soak Overnight

It’s important to keep your dentures soft and pliant while you allow your gums to rest overnight. All you need is a glass of clean, cold water which you can leave your dentures to soak in while you sleep. You can also use denture cleansing tablets to remove any bacteria. These dissolve in the water. Whatever products you use, make sure you follow the instructions. Never use any products that are abrasive. Check the packaging carefully to make sure that the solution is suitable for partial dentures.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Your dentures need maintenance just like your natural teeth. Overtime, the shape of your mouth will change, including the supporting gums that your dentures are moulded to fit against. Your dentist will check your denture fit to make sure that it’s still fitting snugly in your mouth. Your dentist will also inspect your dentures for any signs of damage and make adjustments if necessary. Gum disease will also impact your dentures. If there is any irritation or inflammation, this could cause some discomfort under your denture as well as affect your natural teeth. We want to ensure your oral health is in top condition so regular trips to the dentist are essential. We recommend that you book an appointment every six months. 

If you have partial dentures, your natural teeth with need just as much care and attention. Trips to the hygienist will help you to stay on top of removing plaque and tartar in your mouth. 

Handle your dentures with care

It may be worth investing a little in getting specially designed cases to store your dentures when you remove them so they are safe. When taking your dentures out, handle carefully. We recommend that you avoid chewing hard or sticky foods that could damage your dentures. Cut food into small, manageable pieces and chew slowly and evenly on both sides of your mouth. Also avoid very hot drinks as the plastic and acrylic elements of your denture are prone to warping in high temperatures. For this reason as well, don’t wash your dentures in hot water. 

Using denture adhesive to improve the fit

Many patients choose to use denture adhesives for peace of mind while wearing dentures. There are many different products available including strips which you can apply to the denture before wearing them. 

Make sure your dentures are clean and dry before adding the adhesive. Add a small amount of adhesive cream (if you are using a liquid adhesive) evenly to the part of the denture that will sit on top of your gums. When putting your dentures on, push up against the gum for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to stick properly. Once down, rinse out your mouth to remove any excess adhesive. Denture adhesive works by reacting to saliva and water to create a sticky surface. When removing your dentures at night, warm water is enough to loosen the adhesive and break down the bond.

Store Properly

When you're not wearing your dentures, keep them moist by storing them in water or a denture soaking solution. Avoid letting them dry out, as this can cause them to warp or lose their shape.

What to do if your dentures become damaged

Accidents happen but when they do, don’t panic. We can easily arrange to have repairs made and request a replacement. If you notice your dentures getting loose or the fit isn’t quite right, get in touch with our friendly team. We can book you in for an appointment and take a look at your dentures. Don’t try to make any DIY repairs. 

Got any concerns about your dentures?

If you have any questions about how best to look after your dentures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are happy to answer. You can contact us using our online form, email us on or give us a call on 020 8731 9020..


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