- Brush your gums and tongue to remove all debris and toxins once or twice daily.
- Brush your denture(s) once a day over a sink half-full with water. You may use denture toothpaste (i.e.Dentucreme), or regular toothpaste; it does not matter. DO NOT USE baking soda or other abrasives as they will dull and cause wear to your denture(s).
- Rinse your denture(s) after each meal, since food may get caught underneath.
- If possible, do not wear your denture(s) at night. Your gum tissue needs to relax and breathe. This also prevents you from contracting any yeast infections. It is recommended to soak your denture(s) in water or in a denture cleanser, i.e. Polident or Efferdent. Do NOT soak your prosthesis in bleach; it will turn white, and if there is metal present it will corrode.
- For partials, use “Polident or Efferdent for Partials”.
- It is recommended to wear your denture as much as possible. It takes time to get accustomed to eating and speaking with new prosthetics. Eating softer foods, such as spaghetti for example and slowly progressing into chewier foods will benefit you. Sore spots will develop, this is normal and expected. Most patients require two to three adjustments following the insertion of their prosthesis before they are completely comfortable. If the soreness is such that you cannot tolerate it, remove your prosthesis. However, it is important to wear it to the office so Dr. Penchas can see the exact area and adjust your prosthesis correctly.
Should you have any questions on how to care for your denture, please feel free to call the office and a staff member will help you.