Caring for Your Dentures
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Whether you have partial or full dentures, it is important to take care of them. Good denture care helps prevent stains, bad breath, and gum disease. As with natural teeth, dentures and gums need to be brushed at least once a day. This helps remove food particles and a sticky film called plaque.
Here are some more steps for good denture care.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Taking care of dentures is different than caring for natural teeth. Here is what you should know:
Treating Your Dentures Gently
To make sure your dentures last as long as possible:
When to See Your Dentist
Keep regular fitting appointments when you get new dentures. Be sure to call your dentist if you have:
Remember the 3 main steps to keep your mouth and dentures in good shape. First, brush your dentures and gums daily. Second, clean dentures in a denture solution daily. And third, see your dentist on a regular basis. You can also add a fourth step: a confident smile!
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Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association
Canadian Dental Association
Dental Hygiene Canada
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Last reviewed October 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 10/14/2021
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