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Dentures are a long-term investment in your oral health and aesthetics. Thorough denture care plays an important role in helping your prosthetics look and feel great for many years to come. If you clean their dentures daily, avoid damaging your prosthetics, and schedule frequent evaluations with your dentist, you can enjoy your partial or full dentures for up to a decade. If your dentures are accidentally damaged or broken, a dentist can provide a quick repair or realignment. To lower the risk of broken dentures, many patients choose implant-supported restorations for added stability, superior aesthetics, and simpler care.

How to Clean Your Dentures

Dentures should be brushed daily like your normal teeth. Removing food and plaque after each meal can ensure that your dentures maintain their look and feel for as long as possible. To clean your dentures:

  • Start by thoroughly rinsing off food and other particles. Do not use boiling or hot water, as this can warp your dentures. Some patients choose to fill the sink with water or a towel during cleanings to prevent damaging their dentures if they fall.
  • Gently brush the entire denture with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Do not use a hard-bristle brush, as this can scratch the dentures and cause bacteria to get trapped in the crevices, causing denture odor.
  • Do not use whitening toothpaste or an abrasive toothpaste, as these contain powerful levels of peroxide that may damage your dentures without whitening them. Instead, use a denture cleanser.
  • Brush your own teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth to remove plaque accumulated throughout the day.

Be gentle when handling your dentures during cleaning. Do not bend the plastic or attempt to modify any of the metal clasps, as this can affect the fit of your dentures and cause irreparable damage. With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last five to seven years without needing replacement.

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Removing Dentures Overnight

Although you will use dentures for a majority of the day to chew and speak properly, you will need to remove them nightly. This is a requirement for both partial and full dentures. When you are not wearing your dentures, you should carefully place them in a container filled with water or denture-soaking solution. Do not leave them in a dry place; this can cause warping. If your dentures have metal clasps, only use water to protect the metal. Be sure to cover the container to avoid contamination and spillage. Before putting the dentures back in your mouth in the morning, rinse them thoroughly to remove the soaking solution.

Caring for Implant-Supported Dentures

Many patients choose implant-supported dentures because of their superior stability, security, and aesthetics. As implant-retained dentures are securely affixed to your jawbone through dental implants, they are less likely to fall out and become damaged. You will care for implant-supported dentures the same as you would with your natural teeth. You should also schedule frequent visits to your dentists to assess the health of your implants, abutments, and gum tissue.

The Importance of Routine Checkups

Dentures are an expensive investment and should be properly cared for and maintained. To prevent damage to your dentures and help them maintain their function for as long as possible, you should schedule regular visits to your dentist. If your dentures feel uncomfortable, hurt your gums, or appear damaged, schedule a visit to your dentist right away. He or she may be able to realign, repair, or replace your dentures. With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last five to seven years without needing replacement.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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