Dentures 4 U
Christian Iturriaga, DPD
Denturist located in Kennewick, WA
You have your dentures. Now what? To learn strategies, tips, and tools for denture care, or to receive denture maintenance, reach out to Dentures 4 U in Kennewick, Washington. Family owned and operated, Dentures 4 U’s Christian teaches exercises for denture longevity and offer advice, denture relines, and quick denture repairs that can be completed in under two hours. Dentures 4 U works with patients from all walks of life. To learn more, schedule your free consultation over the phone today.
Denture Care Q & A
What’s involved in denture care?
To make sure your dentures last and serve you well for a long time, you need to take care of them at home. Home denture care involves:
- Rinsing and cleaning
- Soaking overnight
- Careful handling
- Avoiding materials that could harm or wear down your dentures
Rinsing and cleaning
Rinse your dentures after every meal and every night before you go to bed. When you take your dentures out, rinse them carefully with water until they’re rid of all loose particles and food debris.
After you rinse them, set them down carefully on a cloth or towel where they aren’t in danger of falling. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to clean your mouth, including your cheeks, tongue, the roof of your mouth, and any natural teeth, with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Brushing and handling
At least once a day, brush your dentures with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleanser. This ensures that you get both food particles and deposits, like plaque.
If you secure your dentures with denture adhesive, clean the denture grooves that push up against your gums to remove any leftover adhesive.
Make sure that you remove your dentures from your mouth before cleaning them. When cleaning them, be careful not to bend the clasps, as this could affect fit and make them vulnerable to breakage.
To ensure that your dentures keep their shape, you need to keep them moist. When you take them out at night, soak them in water or a dentist-approved denture soaking solution. Before you put them back in the morning, rinse them thoroughly, especially if you use a denture soaking solution.
Dogs love dentures, too, so keep dentures in a sealed container when not in your mouth. If your dog gets a hold of your dentures, they may chew on them and break them, or break off teeth. The team at Dentures 4 U can sometimes repair broken dentures dogs have chewed, but not in all cases.
In addition, to take care of your dentures, you need to schedule regular visits with your denturist and occasionally get them relined.
What is denture relining?
Denture relining is a process during which Christian adds material to the inner denture plate closest to your gums. This improves the denture fit and comfort. Get this done at least every three to five years.
What cleaning materials should I avoid?
To make sure your dentures last, you should avoid a number of abrasive cleaning materials, including:
- Strong cleansers
- Harsh toothpaste
- Stiff-bristle brushes
- Whitening toothpaste
- Bleaching products
In addition, avoid hot or boiling water, which can warp dentures. If your dentures have metal attachments, don’t soak them in solutions that contain chlorine, as chlorine can corrode and/or tarnish metal.
To learn more about denture care, or to schedule an appointment for denture maintenance, including relines, call to book an appointment. If you require a quick fix, drop in during business hours.