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Dentures - How to Take Care of Your Dentures

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Updated: March 27, 2007

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Proper care can keep both your dentures and your mouth in good shape. These tips will help you learn the correct way to clean, handle and store your dentures.

Cleaning

You should brush your dentures every day with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove food and plaque. The same goes for your gums and tongue.

Handling

Dentures are very delicate and can break easily if they are dropped. When handling your dentures, always hold them over a soft towel or fill your sink up with water.

Storing

Dentures can become warped if they dry out or are placed in hot water. When you are not wearing them, your dentures should always be kept in water (not hot) or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.

Tips

  • You should never wrap your dentures in a paper towel because they could easily get thrown away.
  • Never use household products to clean dentures other than mild dish soap or liquid hand soap.
  • Always keep your dentures out of reach from children and pets; kids love to play with them and dogs love to chew them up.

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