Your new set of dentures will effectively restore the function and appearance of your missing teeth. However, even though the unit is made out of artificial materials that aren’t susceptible to tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Many denture wearers find that denture adhesive helps secure the unit in place while preventing stray food particles from working their way between the base and the gums. If a few food particles do invade, you should thoroughly rinse them and any residual adhesive away. You can then dry the base of the dentures with a paper towel and reapply more denture adhesive to the clean surface.
You will also need to rinse away any remaining denture adhesive when you take your dentures out of your mouth at the end of the day. This will give you a clean, smooth surface so you can reapply the denture adhesive the next morning.
Then, you should brush the dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture polish to remove any residual plaque and food particles. Once it is completely clean, you should soak your dentures in water overnight and store them in a safe place.
Many people with dentures like to also clean their tongue by brushing it or by using a tongue scraper. Doing so removes bacteria and staves off bad breath.
If you have questions about how to properly clean and care for your dentures in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you can always call your dentist, Dr. Kenneth Pollary, at 719-591-0750 to seek further advice. Our Pollary Family Dentistry team is happy to help you.