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Seniors’ Oral Health

If You Wear Dentures

Dentures can do fabulous things for a smile that's been compromised by the loss of teeth. Here are ways to take care of your dentures:

• See your dentist/denturist regularly;
• Rinse your mouth and dentures after each meal;
• Clean your dentures thoroughly once a day. Use a denture brush or a soft toothbrush as well as a denture cleaner rather than toothpaste;
• Brush your gums and tongue with a soft toothbrush each time you clean your dentures. Rinse your mouth with water. The healthier the gums are, the better your dentures will fit;
• Avoid using pads, liners or denture adhesives to improve the fit of your dentures;
• See your dentist/denturist if your dentures are loose
• Avoid using very hot or very cold water on your dentures, and don’t let them dry out. Extremes in temperature can cause your dentures to warp; and
• Remove your dentures at night. Put them in a container filled with water to give your gums a needed rest. If you find something that looks suspicious that does not heal in 14 days, contact your dentist immediately.

Read on for the truth behind some common misconceptions about dentures.