Dentures Aftercare Instructions

Dentures Aftercare Instructions

Did you just get dentures? Then take a look at the dentures aftercare instructions to make them last longer.

  • Do not take the denture out until the morning following your extractions. At that time, after washing your hands, carefully remove the denture using both hands. Stand over the sink counter.
  • Clean your dentures by rinsing them carefully under cold water. Then scrub both the inside and outside with the denture brush using only cold water. Do not use soap, denture cleaners, or toothpaste.
  • Put the denture back in your mouth.
  • Remove and gently clean your dentures daily. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Don’t use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
  • Don’t forget to brush any remaining teeth in your mouth after removing partial dentures.
  • On the fourth day after your extractions, you should take the denture out at bedtime. Rinse and scrub it as described above. Rinse your mouth again with the warm salt water. Put the denture in a denture cup/container and cover it with clean, cold water. Leave it there while you sleep. After rinsing it again, put it back in your mouth in the morning. Continue with the warm salt water rinses for at least 7-10 days.
  • If you have any sore spots please call your regular dentist for an adjustment to the denture.
  • While denture/partial is out of mouth, use a dampened washcloth or very soft toothbrush with warm water or salt water solution to clean the tissues inside of your mouth.  Be sure to wipe the ridges- where the denture sits, tongue, lips, cheeks, and roof of the mouth.  Rinsing daily with lukewarm salt water can help keep your gums clean.
  • Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.
  • See your dentist if you have a loose fit.  Visit your clinic promptly if your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores and infection.
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