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Denture problems

Ill-fitting dentures can move and cause sore spots. Denture adhesive may help cut down on this movement. Dental implants may be recommended in some cases. They should only be placed by a oral surgeon or periodontist.

You should always see a dentist if your dentures do not fit correctly.

Other denture tips:

  • Scrub dentures with plain soap and lukewarm water after eating.
  • Dentures should be taken out overnight to prevent sores, infections, and inflammation.
  • Dentures can be left overnight in a denture cleaner.
  • Clean, rest, and massage the gums regularly. Rinsing daily with lukewarm salt water will help clean your gums.
  • Do not use toothpicks when wearing dentures.

For gum problems see: Gingivitis

Update Date: 2/22/2012

Updated by: Paul Fotek, DMD, Florida Institute for Periodontics & Dental lmplants, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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