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Tips on caring for dentures from your Chicago dentist

Senior couple smiling Getting your new dentures can be one of the greatest days of your life. Gone are the pain, inconvenience, and embarrassment of living with missing or severely damaged teeth. If you choose a talented cosmetic dentist, such as those at Big Smile Dental in Chicago, your new denture should fit like a glove and look just like natural teeth. It can give you back your smile, your confidence, and your ability to eat. However, it doesn't relieve you of the need for oral hygiene. Your teeth need some attention and care, whether they are made of porcelain, resin, or enamel and dentin.

Here are some tips on cleaning and caring for your dentures:
  • Handle with care – If dentures are dropped on a hard counter, sink, or floor they are likely to break. To eliminate the risk, hold them over a sink full of water or a folded towel when cleaning them.
  • Keep it clean – Dentures should be brushed daily to remove plaque buildup and minimize the chance of stains.
  • No abrasives – There is a multitude of brushes and cleaners developed specifically for dentures, which are usually easier to use and more effective than other products. If you choose to use something else, remember that your dentures can be scratched. A soft bristled brush and mild dish soap would be fine, but many toothpastes and household cleaners contain abrasives that can cause damage.
  • Safe storage – When you are not wearing your dentures, be sure to keep them in a safe place, submersed in liquid. Plain water is sufficient to keep the material hydrated so that it does not lose its shape. If they are all-plastic you can use a cleanser soaking solution, but it can tarnish metal attachments.
If your dentures need adjustment or repair, don't attempt to do it yourself. A denture that will not stabilize usually needs relining, especially if you've had it for some time. Because the bone and gum tissue continuously evolve, periodic relining is usually needed to maintain a good fit. In this case, any attempt to alter the base will not help, and may damage the denture. Similarly, a broken denture needs to be replaced, or repaired by a dentist. Gluing it is unlikely to work, and could cause you to ingest harmful chemicals.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us at 773-772-8400.

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