Care and Use of my New Dentures

Care and Use of New Dentures

Congratulations!!!!!! You just got your new dentures. Now we must understand their use, care and limitations.

Care and Use of New Dentures: General Guidelines

First and most important always follow your dentist’s instructions and recommendations about your new dentures.

What we will be presenting here are general guidelines and should never override the specific instructions your dentist gave you for your specific situation. When in doubt about your new Dentures ask your dentist.

Place of your Dentures

Never place your dentures by biting them into place. Place them in your mouth with your hands until they are firmly seated correctly.

Use of your Dentures

You should use your dentures during the day and should never sleep with them unless specified by your dentist. Dentures are designed so you can eat with them but there are some restrictions on what you can eat. Avoid hard candy, ice, chicharron, bones, gummy bears, chewing gum, corn on the cob, etc.

When eating fruits like apples it is best to cut them in wedges and bite them with your back teeth. Use baby steps and learn how to eat with your Dentures.

Cleaning

When you remove your dentures at night brush them clean with detergent liquid (Dawn), place them in a clean denture tub with tap room temperature water, and an antimicrobial denture-cleaning tablet.

Never use mouthwash, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or any other detergent to clean your dentures. Clean your tongue, gums, and cheeks with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Before placing them back in your mouth rinse them with tap water.

Don’t forget to also clean the denture tub with Dawn.

Check-ups

You still need to see your dentist every 6 months for check-ups. With proper use and care your dentures should last you about 5 years. In some cases, with a reline the life of your dentures can be extended.

If you are having a problem with your dentures, need new dentures, or want another option to removable dentures call our office for an evaluation

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