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cleaning your dentures

•  Clean your dentures every day. Cleaning dentures daily with a denture brush and soaking them in a cleanser solution will help keep your dentures looking white and bright, while preventing plaque buildup and denture odor.

•  Rinse and brush your dentures in clean, warm water with a denture brush.

•  When cleaning dentures, don't brush too hard; you don't want to damage any plastic or metal parts of the dentures. If needed, moisten the denture brush to avoid damages or scratches to the denture surface.

•  Brush your gums, tongue, and natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before reinserting your dentures. This will help remove plaque from your teeth, stimulate circulation in your mouth, and help maintain good oral health.

•  After brushing, rinse with a mouthwash to give your mouth a refreshed feeling.

•  Never try to adjust your dentures yourself. This might cause harm to your mouth or damage to your dentures.

•  Visit your dental professional regularly as recommended by the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Rely on him or her for advice and answers to specific questions about your oral care.

removing your dentures

•  Swish your mouth with warm water or a mouthwash, such as Scope. Fill the sink with warm water to avoid breaking the dentures if they are dropped.

•  To remove your top denture, place your thumb against your front teeth and press upward and outward toward your nose. To remove your lower denture, slowly pull on your denture while applying a rocking motion.

•  Be sure to keep your dentures moist when you aren't wearing them. This will keep them from drying out and losing their shape. Store your dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Never place your dentures in hot water. This can cause them to warp.

•  If your denture has metal attachments, talk to your dentist about how it should be cared for. Placing this particular denture in water can cause the metal pieces to tarnish.