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Q. How often should I replace my dentures?

A. Generally, you will need to replace your dentures every five – 10 years. You will continually be losing jaw and gum support following your tooth loss. In addition, changes in your mouth and teeth can wear on the dentures. Make sure to have your dentures checked annually.

Q. How often should I clean my dentures?

A. While it’s recommended that you clean your dentures following each meal, we understand that this is difficult to do consistently. At minimum, your dentures should be cleaned daily. There are brushes made specifically for dentures, and you can use a non-abrasive toothpaste or mild soap to scrub your dentures. Avoid using bleach, and using a hard surface to clean your dentures on. You want to take extra care to avoid breaking them.

You should also make sure you thoroughly clean your mouth, the roof of your mouth, tongue and gums of any debris. Cleaning your mouth will help promote circulation and will clear it of any bacteria.

Q. Can I sleep in my Dentures?

A. This could go either way. The general consensus is that it is better to sleep without your dentures, giving your mouth and gums time to rest. However, some of our clients find it uncomfortable to sleep without their dentures.

If you decide to sleep in your dentures, it is important that you keep your mouth extremely clean. As long as you keep good oral hygiene, have a properly fitting denture and keep your dentures clean, the decision is up to you. If you are going to sleep without your dentures, it’s important to keep them stored in water, so that the acrylic does not die out.

Q. How long will it take for me to get used to my dentures?

A. It will take some time to adjust to eating and speaking with your new dentures, whether this is your first set or you’re an experienced denture wearer. You may have to practice a bit at first, but the adjustment time should be relatively short. If you find that you’re having trouble adjusting to them, speak to your dentist about any adjustments they can make.

Valley Denture Care
535 N. 5th Street, Jacksonville, OR 97530

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