Your new dentures will allow you to eat and chew much better than you could with missing teeth or with teeth sensitivity due to decay. Because they come in contact with food throughout the day, you need to clean your dentures as frequently as you would natural teeth to control plaque, stains, and odor. Here are some tips to keep in mind when caring for your new dentures.

Clean Daily With Denture Products

Brush your dentures daily, and use a brush and cleanser intended for dentures. These brushes have soft bristles and the cleansers are milder than regular toothpaste. Scrubbing with a brush removes stains and plaque, so it is necessary to brush even though you soak your dentures nightly.

In addition to brushing daily, you should remove your dentures after each meal and run water over them to remove food bits that could cause discomfort or bad odors.

Don't forget to keep your mouth clean too. Even if you don't have natural teeth left, you should brush your gums and tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush every day.

Soak Nightly And When Not In Use

It's a good idea to remove your dentures while you sleep so your gums can rest from the constant irritation. Be sure to place them in a denture cup filled with water when you aren't wearing your dentures. If they dry out, they could warp. Don't use hot water to try and disinfect your dentures, as the hot temperature could cause your plate to warp.

You can add a denture cleanser to the water if your dentures do not have any metal parts to them. Be sure to rinse the cleanser off thoroughly before placing your dentures back in your mouth.

If regular brushing does not prevent the accumulation of plaque on your dentures, try soaking them overnight in white vinegar. The vinegar helps dissolve hardened plaque.

Handle With Care

Your dentures may be a little slippery when they're wet, especially when you work up a lather when brushing them. For that reason, hold your dentures over a towel or a sink filled with water. If you drop your dentures on the counter or sink without protection, the plates could break or a tooth could be knocked out.

If you do crack your dentures or lose a tooth, take your plates to your dentist for repairs. Many repairs can be done the same day. Even if you have to be without your plates for awhile, it's better than ruining your dentures by using a DIY repair kit if you don't know how to use it properly.