Caring for Your Dentures

Caring for Your Dentures

Although partial and total tooth loss has decreased since the 1970s,1 it is still common for many seniors. However, wearing dentures doesn’t mean you have to hide from the camera. Routine visits to your dentist, combined with healthy dental hygiene, can protect your smile for years to come.

To keep your dentures looking healthy, be sure to brush them daily with a soft toothbrush or denture cleaning brush using a prepared denture powder or paste, hand soap or baking soda. Brush the dentures inside and out, and then rinse with cool water. When not in use, dentures should be covered with water or a denture-cleaning solution to prevent drying.1

Denture care alone won’t save your smile—be sure to care for your gums and remaining teeth by brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and eating a nutritious diet.

These combined habits will ensure you maintain a photo-ready smile for years to come. And as always, talk to your dentist about changes in your oral health, like dry mouth or tooth pain.

This information is available for download as an oral health flier.

1 American Dental Hygienists’ Association, “Senior Oral Health,” web.

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