Today people of all ages are wearing dentures for various reasons. Dentures have come a long way and are much more affordable and can make life more comfortable and enjoyable for the people wearing them. While dentures can greatly improve your smile and confidence, it is important to remember that they require proper care to maintain a good fit.

While dentures may not feel exactly like natural teeth, they look quite natural and are now more comfortable to wear. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Your Tustin dentist will help you determine which denture is best for you based on your needs.

When caring for your dentures, it is important to know right from wrong so that you can ensure proper denture health. 

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to denture care:

Do: Take your dentures out overnight for cleaning and overall oral health. 

No matter real or artificial, cleaning your teeth and caring for your gums and mouth are essential for denture wearers. If dentures are left in for too long, infections, swelling, and mouth and gums can develop sores. This causes bacteria levels to grow, which can increase other problems for your oral health. Make sure you soak your dentures in a specialized cleaner overnight and change the solution daily. You don’t want your dentures to dry out, as this can cause them to lose their shape.


Don’t: Use toothpicks or hard dental scrapers on your dentures.

Dentures do not have the same sensations as natural teeth, and you may accidentally poke and damage soft mouth tissues.


Do: Brush your dentures daily with a soft denture-cleaning brush, warm water, and an ADA-accepted cleaner. 

When brushing your dentures, be sure to lay a towel over the sink to reduce the chance of possible breakage if you should accidentally drop them.


Don’t: Bite and pull with tugging motions when eating. 

Avoid using your front dentures for harder foods, as this can cause them to chip or break. Practice taking small bites in order to prevent breakage and excess wear on your dentures.


Do: Take care of your mouth and gums. 

For full or partial dentures to fit and stay put, they need healthy gums to fit around. When you remove your dentures for cleaning, it’s best to get in the habit of gently brushing your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth to remove any build-up and bacteria. This also helps to keep the blood flowing and your mouth tissue healthy. Also, make sure to brush and floss any remaining natural teeth as part of your daily dental care.


Whether you still have your natural teeth or have dentures, it is important to remember that good oral care is essential to your overall health. Caring for your dentures as you would your real teeth will ensure that they last a long time and that you can keep smiling for many years to come.


If you have dentures or are looking into getting an appliance, look no further than Rafi Dental Group in Tustin. Not only can we create dentures that look natural and fit comfortably, but we can also help you extend the life of your dentures by teaching you how to care for them properly. Visit your dentist regularly for adjustments and check-ups, and you can rest assured that you are taking good care of not only your dentures but your oral health as well. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact Rafi Dental Group in Tustin today. We look forward to hearing from you!