A Complete Denture Needs to Be Cleaned Regularly

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Your new complete denture was designed by Dr. Mike Musso and the dental specialists at Musso Family Dentistry to replace the basic oral function of your missing teeth. Even though the removable dental appliance is composed of materials that will not suffer from cavities, it will still need daily care and cleaning.

Some simple daily measures will maintain the overall integrity of your dentures while also helping to preserve the health of your gums. This will help the base of the dentures to fit comfortably in your mouth while biting, chewing, and grinding.

The base of the denture was designed to match the underlying structure of your mouth for a snug fit. Yet many denture wearers like using a modest amount of denture adhesive for its ability to hold the dental appliance in place while also helping to block out food particles. As the day goes on, the act of chewing might slightly weaken the denture adhesive allowing a few stray food particles to infiltrate the base of your dentures. As this starts to happen, it could irritate your gums and cause your dentures to feel a little loose.

In a situation like this, you should thoroughly rinse the unit. Then dry the base with a clean paper towel before applying a new bead of denture adhesive. You should also give your dentures a thorough rinse when you take the dentures out at night. This will clear away residual denture adhesive while also providing a smooth surface to reapply the denture adhesive the next day.

Once any stray denture adhesive has been removed, you should completely brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a brand of denture polish that has been approved by the American Dental Association. You should then soak your dentures overnight in water and store them in a safe place.

Including a simple tongue cleaning in your daily oral hygiene routine can also be helpful. A gentle brushing with your toothbrush will help reduce the total bacterial load in your mouth to reduce plaque buildup and freshen your breath.

If you are in the Garland, Texas, area and you have a question about how to maintain your dentures, you can always call 972-840-8477 to consult with one of the staff members at Musso Family Dentistry. Give us a call today!

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