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How to look after your new dentures

Just like your teeth, dentures need a little TLC to keep them clean and fresh. That said, they are made from artificial materials which means there’s a few things you need to know about maintenance. To help you keep your dentures looking their best, we’ve put together a quick guide to storage, cleaning, unpleasant breath and repairs. You’re welcome!

Cleaning
Keep your dentures gleaming by committing to a daily cleaning regime. Try using Polident’s cleanser tablets, which are designed to help keep your shutterstock_358283126dentures clean and have been shown to kill up to 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria in laboratory tests. Be sure to follow the instructions as directed, and avoid using boiling water as it can damage your dentures. It can also be a good idea to brush your dentures with the solution using a soft denture brush. Finish things up with a good rinse, and an ear-to-ear smile!

Bad Breath
Just like your natural teeth, plaque and tartar can build on your dentures and lead to unpleasant breath. Bits of food can also become lodged beneath your dentures, which can give your breath an unwanted odour. Combat this by giving your dentures a daily soak, gentle brush and rinse. You can also use a denture adhesive to help prevent food from getting trapped. Adhesives create a seal between your gums and dentures, which helps stop food and plaque from building up. Taking your dentures out at night also helps to stop bacteria build-up, and gives your mouth and gums a well-earned rest.

Storage
You might love your new dentures, but that doesn’t mean you should wear them 24/7. shutterstock_385460722In fact, it’s recommended that you take them out at night to give your gums a break. Your acrylic dentures may seem sturdy but the material can dry out, causing them to warp, distort or crack. Avoid this by soaking them in water, or even better Polident’s cleanser tablets (as mentioned in the Cleaning section above), when you’re not wearing them – especially overnight.

Repairs
Dentures generally last between five to ten years, but of course everyone has a different experience. Chances are, you may find your dentures damaged or in need of a small repair. Over time dentures can also become loose, which means you may need to get them reshaped, relined or rebased. If you run into any issues it’s best to get in touch with your dental professional, rather than try to fix them yourself.

New dentures can take a bit of getting used to, but with the right care regime they can transform your life for the better. Your confidence will soar, you’ll be free to eat what you want, and best of all you’ll never have to think twice about showing off your smile!

Click here to find out more about Polident’s complete range of products designed to clean, freshen and brighten your dentures. Formulated to improve the comfort and oral hygiene as part of an oral care routine of people who wear dentures or partials, their range of denture adhesives are designed to provide a firm fit of your dentures by improving hold and comfort, and their non-abrasive denture cleansers are formulated specifically to help maintain your oral hygiene every day.

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