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Your complete denture is designed to fully replicate the basic function of your original teeth. Each pair is set in a special pink medium that mimics the appearance of natural gum tissues while also serving as a base to bond the removable dental appliances with your underlying periodontal tissues.

Even though the denture is not vulnerable to the effects of oral bacteria, it will still need some basic care and cleaning each day. Consistency in your daily oral hygiene practices will go a long way toward maximizing the denture’s lifespan while ensuring a comfortable fit with your gums.

If you use denture adhesive to bond your dentures in place it will need to be addressed in some of your daily habits. Sometimes when you’re eating a meal, a few stray food particles can invade the base causing gum irritation. In a situation like this, you should take your dentures out and rinse them clean, before applying fresh denture adhesive.

Before going to sleep at night you should take your dentures out to give them a thorough cleaning. This includes a vigorous rinse to wash away plaque and residual denture adhesive. Then you should physically clean surfaces of your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste.

You can then store your dentures overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.

If Dr. MaeNell Sullivan provided you with a complete denture at his offices in Tenino, Washington, and you have a question about how to maintain them, you can always call 360-264-5500 to speak to a member of Tenino Denture Center’s staff.