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Health Tip: Prevent Denture Problems

(HealthDay News) -- Dentures can cause pain and discomfort if they're not worn properly and cleaned thoroughly.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these denture-care suggestions:

  • After you finish eating, give dentures a scrub using soap and lukewarm water.
  • Always take out your dentures at bedtime. This will help prevent inflammation, infection and sores inside the mouth.
  • Let dentures soak overnight in denture cleaner.
  • Each day, swish a lukewarm salt-water solution in your mouth to help clean gums.
  • Avoid using toothpicks while you're wearing dentures.

-- Diana Kohnle

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