The removable dentures fashioned for you by your dentist, Dr. Scott A. Young, are designed to replace the presence and function of your missing teeth. While it will not be susceptible to the direct effects of tooth decay, your dentures will last longer and you will have healthier gums by caring for and cleaning the appliance daily. To aid in this endeavor, your dentist recommends the following insights.
Many denture wearers enjoy using denture adhesive to secure their dentures in place. It also has the added benefit of helping prevent stray food particles from working their way between the base of the dentures and your gums. Should a few stray food particles work their way in, you should thoroughly rinse the dentures and reapply a fresh line of denture adhesive.
You should thoroughly rinse your dentures each night. This will help clear away residual denture adhesive and provide a smooth surface so you can reapply the denture adhesive the next day. You should then brush all the surfaces of your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive denture polish. You can then store your partial overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.
Once this is done, you might also want to clean your tongue by brushing it with your toothbrush or a special tongue scraper. This can help remove excess plaque and bacteria for fresher breath.
If you have questions about how to properly clean and maintain your new set of dentures in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can always call 704-541-5900 to speak to a member of the staff at Scott A. Young, DDS.