Getting dentures can be a daunting experience but it’s not one that has to stay that way. By having all the facts and information you can understand how dentures work and how you should look after them and your mouth. The first step is to treat them as you would an expensive china collection. Dropping them could cause breakages and with costly repairs, you are better off to avoid putting them in a situation where they could be damaged. When you are cleaning them, hold them over a soft towel or a full sink of water as you wash them. Handle them gently and always have a firm grip on them. Secondly, as you would with your natural teeth, your dentures need to be brushed daily to remove food and plaque. A soft bristled brush designed for dentures should be used instead. Avoid using a hard bristled toothbrush as this can damage the denture pieces such as the plastic or attachments. Brush gently over the surface and rinse after every meal. When it comes to taking them out for the night, how you store them is the paramount to their longevity. Dentures need to remain moist so their shape does not distort or they don’t try out. By purchasing a denture soaking solution or putting them in water, you can ensure they will remain at their very best. However, if your dentures have metal attachments, solution may discolour them. Contact your dentist for tips on how to correctly store your dentures. The main step to ensuring your dentures remain in tip-top shape is by visiting the dentist regularly and never attempt to fix or alter your dentures yourself. Sometimes dentures aren’t fitted correctly which can cause oral sores and gum irritation. If your dentures have cracks, chips or if any of the teeth become loose, visit your oral care provider as soon as possible.