When you get dentures there will be a lot of things you need to learn and get used to. One of the most important things you want to learn to do correctly right away is care for your dentures. This may sound easy, but it can be difficult the first few times around, especially if you have dentures that have been put in place with a denture adhesive. Follow the instructions detailed in this article to clean your new dentures correctly:
Remove the dentures
To remove your upper dentures, you want to take your index finger and place it on one side of the dentures near your cheek. Push down on the top part of the dentures slowly, yet firmly. You will feel the seal start to loosen. Continue applying pressure and the seal will completely release, allowing you to easily remove the dentures.
To remove your lower dentures, you will place your thumb at the bottom of the dentures, where they meet the cheek. Apply that same amount of pressure until the seal on the bottom dentures releases and then remove the bottom dentures.
Cleaning the dentures
Take a washcloth and get it wet with warm water. Ring the excess water out and rub it directly along your gums to get the adhesive off. Then, brush your gums with your toothbrush and a bit of toothpaste.
Lay the washcloth in the bottom of your sink. This is to protect your dentures in case you accidentally drop them while cleaning them. Put more toothpaste on the toothbrush and use it to brush your dentures.
Put your dentures in the soaking tray with a soaking solution and allow them to soak in it overnight. When you wake up, take your dentures out of the solution and rinse them off with some warm water to get the solution off.
Dry the dentures off and put the adhesive on the dentures using small-sized dots. You want to put the dots so they aren't very close to the edges of the dentures. Once you have all the adhesive in place, you will put the dentures in and press them into place firmly and evenly. Hold that position for a minute or two so the adhesive has time to grip.
Make sure you take good care of both your gums and your dentures so you don't experience unnecessary problems with either in the future. Talk with a dentist from a practice like HC Dentistry if you have specific questions about dentures and caring for them properly.