Taking Care of Your Dentures
Whether you have full or partial dentures, looking after them properly has to be a big priority if you want to keep them in great shape. It is important to regularly clean your dentures as failure to do so can result in a number of oral hygiene problems including bad breath, oral thrush, and gum disease. You should clean your dentures twice per day by brushing them and then soaking them in a solution of denture cleaning tablets. You should also continue with a thorough oral hygiene routine for your natural teeth.
Dentures are pretty fragile and may break if dropped, therefore you should take care when cleaning them and try to ensure that you do so over a sink of water, soft towel or similar.
When you first start eating while wearing dentures you should start with smaller pieces of soft food, chewing slowly and using both sides of your mouth. Try and avoid any really sticky foods such as chewy candy and chewing gum. Gradually you will be able to start eating other varieties of food until you reach a point where you can eat a pretty normal diet.
When you first start wearing dentures your dentist may recommend that you wear them around the clock, including when you are sleeping. However, if your dentist says that you may remove your dentures while you are asleep so that your gums may rest, you should remember that they need to be kept moist. Many people choose to keep their dentures overnight in water or a suitable denture cleaning solution.