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With recent developments in technology, dentures today are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. Still, dentures are a major investment, and proper care is essential in order to keep them in good shape and maintain their effectiveness. Walgreens has a wide assortment of denture care products that include tools for cleaning and storage as well as denture adhesives. You can find everything you need to keep your smile looking great.
Just as you are supposed to brush natural teeth daily, dentures need to be brushed and rinsed in order to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup. Choose a brush that is specifically designed for dentures, as these products have soft bristles to prevent damage. You should also rinse off your dentures after every meal to keep them as clean as possible in between scrubs.
At night, dentures should be soaked either in water or in a denture cleansing solution. These cleansers are formulated to disinfect and remove stains from the surfaces of your dentures. They can help fight bad breath by killing the bacteria that cause odor as well as keeping your smile white. Check with your dentist to find out what specific solutions are compatible with your dentures as those with metal attachments can be damaged by certain cleansers. In the morning, you should always thoroughly rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth since these solutions aren't always safe to ingest.
While some dentures will stay in place without any sort of adhesive, others will require a little assistance in order to stay put in your mouth. Walgreens has a wide array of denture adhesives, and their application is actually very easy. Simply apply about three or four dabs of your chosen adhesive cream onto the underside of your dentures before fitting them into place. Other adhesives come in the forms of powders or wafers, which are designed to be spread across the entire surface of your dentures. When removing dentures that have been secured with adhesive, you should start by swishing some mouthwash or hot water around in your mouth to help dissolve the bond. Next, pull gently with your fingers and you should be able to get your dentures out with relative ease. In order to remove excess adhesive, use a cleansing solution on the dentures themselves and rinse your mouth with warm water.
Many new denture wearers don't realize how fragile these prosthetics are. Your dentures can easily break if they fall on a hard surface, and they're typically very expensive to get repaired. Dentures should always be handled with care as you put them in and take them out of your mouth. You should stand over a full sink or a soft towel when holding them so that they are less likely to break if accidentally dropped. Further, most dentures are designed to stay moist at all times, and they may lose their shape if they dry out. Immediately insert them into water or cleansing solution whenever they aren't in your mouth, though you should avoid hot water as it can sometimes warp dentures.
As long as you take the proper steps, there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy many years with your dentures. The products available from Walgreens will help with every aspect of your denture care so that you can wear them comfortably and healthily.