February 12, 2021


Dear Valued Patients,


Serving you for 26 years has transformed me and my profession as a dentist. For this, I feel honored to serve each of you in managing your dental health. It is time for me to pass the baton. I am privileged to pass the dental practice that I hold in my heart, Aesthetic and General Dentistry, to Dr. Peter Kelly, a qualified and knowledgeable dentist with a myriad of talents and experience.


I will still be here to offer my services in the next few months, to assist Dr. Kelly and his partners in this transition. I am also happy to inform you that our entire outstanding dental team will remain with Dr. Kelly. I have confidence that Dr. Kelly will continue the practice’s mission of providing excellent dental care.


Thank you so much for all the experience in becoming a better dentist to you. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I will remember you, the relationship, and the memories.


With best wishes and deep gratitude,


Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

Caring for Dentures

Taking proper care of your dentures will ensure their longevity and help you maintain optimal oral health. Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz will give you detailed instructions on at-home maintenance and explain how properly caring for dentures can improve your overall quality of life.

Individuals missing most or all of their teeth can benefit from dentures at our Orlando, FL, dental practice. We offer traditional full and partial dentures as well as implant-supported prostheses, depending on your personal needs and aesthetic goals.

How to Care for Your Dentures

To keep dentures looking and feeling great for the long haul, patients should:

  • Rinse dentures following meals: After eating, remove your dentures and run them under cool water to rinse off any food particles and debris.
  • Handle with care: Dentures may break if dropped. When cleaning or rinsing your appliance, place a folded towel in the sink or on the countertop to reduce the risk of damage.
  • Brush dentures daily: In addition to rinsing your dentures, you should also brush them at least once a day. Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive cleaner to remove debris, adhesive, and bacteria.
Dentures in a glass of cleaning fluid
Cleaning your dentures overnight eliminates any bacteria that collected during the day and allows you to sleep more comfortably. 
  • Soak dentures overnight: Dentures must be stored in liquid when they are not being worn. This is because they can warp if they do not stay moist. We recommend removing your dentures before going to sleep and soaking them in water or a special denture-cleaning solution.
  • Keep your mouth clean: In addition to brushing and soaking your dentures, it is important to clean your mouth as well. Brush your gums, tongue, roof of the mouth, and any remaining teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will reduce oral bacteria levels and your risk of infection.

What to Avoid

There are certain products that can damage your dentures. It is a good idea to steer clear of:

  • Whitening toothpaste: Generally, whitening toothpaste contains hydrogen peroxide, which lightens the color of the natural teeth. However, peroxide does nothing to whiten dentures and can actually damage the appliance.
  • Abrasive cleaning products: Strong or harsh cleansers can compromise the strength of your dentures. Medium or hard-bristled brushes can also leave micro-scratches behind, in which bacteria can hide.
  • Bleach-containing products: Bleach can change the color of your dentures and weaken the structure. In addition, bleach-containing products can corrode or tarnish any metal components of the restoration.
  • Hot water: Always rinse your dentures under cool water, as hot temperatures can warp your appliance and undermine the fit.

Preventing Denture Problems

In addition to the recommendations listed above, patients should schedule regular checkups with their dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, your doctor can assess your appliance to ensure a proper fit. Adjustments and relines are common and may need to be performed periodically to maintain optimal comfort.

If your denture breaks, it is important that you call your dentist right away. Patients should never attempt to repair a denture at home, as this can lead to a number of oral health issues, such as bite misalignment and jaw pain.

Keep Your Dentures in Good Repair

If you wear dentures, we can give you the resources you need to keep them in excellent shape and maximize their lifespan. To learn more, contact us online or give us a call at (407) 251-5100.

Dr. Gapuz

Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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