Proper denture care is essential!
Not just to ensure that your dentures last longer, but also for the health of your mouth and gums. Listed below are some instructions on how to effectively care for your dentures.
Remove & soak
A good rule of thumb is to always take your dentures out before going to bed, and be sure to soak them. Taking your dentures out at night gives your mouth tissues a chance to recover from the wear and tear of daily use.
Dentures need to be soaked in warm water if they have metal clasps; otherwise, you can use vinegar & water solution, or a denture cleanser. Dentures need to be kept moist so they do not lose their shape or become brittle. Never place your dentures in hot or boiling water as they may become irreversibly damaged. Dentures also need to be soaked overnight to help remove bacteria, tartar, plaque, and stains.
Dentures are fragile
Dentures can easily break if not handled with caution. It is best to clean them while leaning over a folded towel or a bowl of water. Prevent accidents by keeping them in a place that cannot be reached by children or household pets. Take precaution when cleaning them – don’t use toothpicks or abrasive cleaners and be sure you don’t damage the plastic or the clasps.
Treat them like you would your natural teeth
You will need to brush and rinse your dentures daily, just as you would your natural teeth. Dentures must be brushed on a daily basis to remove plaque and harmful bacteria caused by food. You will also want to brush them regularly to prevent stains. You will also want to remove and then rinse them after every meal.
Non-abrasive materials for cleansing
However, you will not want to use any abrasive cleaning materials such as stiff-bristled brushes, strong cleansers, or harsh toothpaste. This includes whitening toothpastes and any products containing bleach because it will ruin your dentures by changing their colour and weakening them. You can clean your dentures with the following materials: soft bristled toothbrush, special denture toothbrush, hand soap, mild dishwashing detergent or toothpaste, dental paste. It is also important to note that if you are using a special dental toothpaste or cleanser, you must thoroughly rinse your dentures with warm water before you put them back in your mouth. Some denture cleansers contain harmful materials that could potentially make you ill or burn the inside of your mouth.
Don’t forget about your mouth & gums!
Even if you don’t have any regular teeth left, it is still important to give your mouth a good rinse and use a cloth or soft toothbrush to clean your gums. If you have partial dentures, then it is imperative that you brush and floss your remaining teeth.
Schedule regular dental appointments
Regardless of whether you have partial or complete dentures, you will still need to visit the dentist every six months to a year. Obviously, you will want to maintain your dentures by having them professionally cleaned on a regular basis. However, it is also extremely important that you get examined to ensure that your dentures fit correctly. Ill-fitting dentures can cause sores, pain, and infection. The dentist will also want to check your oral tissues for any sores that might become cancerous.