Your dentures were expensive, and they have finally restored your smile, so the least you can do is making sure to properly maintain them. Given below are the basic maintenance tips you should be following to care for your dentures:
Clean them well – one of the things the dentist from Radiant Smiles Dental Care might have told you to carefully stick to would be to clean your dentures daily. Just as you would brush your teeth daily, you need to attend to your dentures every day. There is a difference, however, in the way you are supposed to tend to them. The teeth you find in your dentures are basically made of resin and other substances, and not out of the strong enamel structures your natural teeth are made of. This basically means your dentures are much less resistant than your natural teeth are, so you should avoid abrasive pastes and hard brushes to clean. Your dentures can be cleaned with soap and water, or with a proper toothpaste for dentures; use a soft brush for this.
Soak them overnight – dentures are not meant to be worn continuously. As you might have been warned, they need to be taken for at least six to eight hours throughout the day. Because you will be using your dentures when you are up and about, this basically means that your dentures would be out of your mouth when you are sleeping. Removing your dentures for the night also ensures that they do not develop any foul smells as a result of an abundance of bacteria. Plain warm water or even a slight vinegar solution is ideal (but know that vinegar should be avoided if your dentures have any metal parts, as this would eventually dissolve them).
Avoid do-it-yourself repair jobs – you might have read online or even heard people say that superglue or other household items could come to your aid when you suddenly drop your dentures and chip or damage them in some way. Never give in to an urge to repair your broken dentures by yourself: there are so many facilities providing emergency denture repairs. Even if it is a small chip or scratch, repair your dentures properly. You have made a considerable investment in them: not simply an economic one, but also an investment in your life. After all, your dentures help you eat, smile and basically go about your day. Are you sure you want to skimp on spending for something so important?
Massage your gums – and finally, another helpful tip that you should be following would be to also tend to your gums! Even if you do not have any more teeth to brush, you should still care for your gums. Instead of brushing them, massaging them daily is an ideal way to ensure that the blood circulation properly takes place.