For many people, dentures offer a new way of life. A portion of the population has lost all of their teeth and been given a complete set as replacement. A larger percentage, however, enjoys the use of partial dentures to replace several teeth they may have lost due to decay. Yet while dentures give you all your functionality and aesthetic appeal again, they do need special care. If this experience is new to you, what are the key care techniques to remember?

Allow for Downtime

Firstly, you have to find at least six or eight hours during any 24-hour period in order to 'be without'. Your mouth is still a hotbed for bacteria and germs and your new teeth will still attract plaque and tartar. This is why it's recommended to soak the dentures in warm water, with a little bit of vinegar added to get rid of those stains.

Handle with Care

Be careful when you are taking them in and out, however, as they can easily be damaged. When you're taking them out do so over a soft surface, such as a towel or even a sink full of water. Don't use any harsh cleaners or brushes when you're cleaning them as damage can easily be caused.

Clean Carefully

While soaking them in a mild solution, as previously detailed, will help to extend their life, you will need to clean them daily, just as you would your real teeth. Be especially careful to clean the area that comes into contact with your gums, as this can be a key site for irritation and infection. Ask the dentist for a special type of cleaning brush that is designed specifically for dentures.

Massage the Gums

While your dentures are soaking, this is a good time to pay attention to the rest of your mouth. If you have full dentures then you can massage the gums with a soft washcloth at this time. If you have partials, remember to go through a full teeth cleaning and flossing regimen as well.

Ensure Proper Fit

Pay attention to any changes in the way that your dentures fit. Sometimes, the dentures themselves can change shape ever so slightly and the bone and gum structure in the mouth certainly does over time. As soon as you get an indication of a poor fit, check-in with the dentist for adjustments. It's always a good idea to get your gums checked twice a year anyway, to guard against any potential disease.