Dentures are popular teeth replacement solutions. Compared to implants, complete dentures are cost-effective and sometimes the best teeth replacement option for those who are not implanted, candidates. Dentures, both complete and partial, need appropriate regular care to keep them in their best condition. Caring for your dentures is a little different than caring for your natural teeth. Here are the best ways to care for your dentures and keep them clean. With these helpful denture care tips, you can increase their life as well as keep the soft tissues of your mouth in excellent condition. Make them a part of your daily routine to increase the life of your dentures, keep them looking as good as new, save money and avoid oral illness.
Why should you care for your dentures?
Dentures are typically made of acrylic resin. The flexible ones are made from a type of plastic. Both of these materials attract plaque and food debris. Failure to keep them clean can lead to plaque buildup, gum disease, staining of dentures and decay of your remaining teeth. This can lead to problems like poor appearance, bad breath, gum soreness and infections of the mouth. Dentures can soon become thriving spots for bacteria which can enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums leading to bigger health issues like exacerbation of diabetes, certain heart conditions, and sore throat to name a few. Now that you understand the need to keep your dentures clean, let’s look at the ways you can care for them.
After every meal, remove your dentures and rinse them first with clean water to remove food debris. You want to do this while keeping them on a soft towel on a sturdy surface such as the kitchen counter to avoid them from falling and breaking. You can also fill your sink up with water while you clean them.
Clean one denture at a time. Use a fort bristled brush and paste made specifically for cleaning dentures. Gently brush all the surfaces including the part that sits on the tissues of your mouth to remove bacteria, plaque and debris. It is absolutely important that you meticulously clean this surface that comes in contact with your gums to avoid infections of the mouth.
Denture cleaning agents
There are many commercially available denture cleaning agents. Use the one recommended by your dentist. Follow the instructions carefully.
A lot of people use materials easily available at home like vinegar, baking soda, bleach and sodium, hypochlorite, but be careful as although they can be effective at removing debris and killing bacteria, but they can also create micro pores and roughen the acrylic part of denture as well as corrode the metal parts degrading the denture.
If you are using denture adhesive, make sure to remove it before you start cleaning the denture.
You should never clean your dentures with a hard bristled tooth brush and abrasive tooth paste as they can damage the denture. Don’t use whitening toothpaste either as it is too abrasive for the denture. Hot water should not be used as it can distort the denture.
Dentures must be thoroughly cleaned using the correct technique to remove bacteria and fungi. Don’t be lazy and make it a part of your routine.
Dentures and sleep
It is extremely important that you always remove your dentures before going to bed. Clean your dentures well and keep them in a container with water so that they do not dry out and warp and change shape.
Whenever you are not wearing dentures store them in a container with water or solution which is made specifically for storing dentures. Before wearing them the next day make sure to rinse them well with water. If you swallow the denture storing solution it can result in nausea, vomiting or burns.
Don’t keep your dentures wrapped in a tissue as they might be mistaken for garbage and discarded. Make sure to keep them away from children and pets as they can be carelessly handled and damaged.
Keep your mouth clean
Don’t forget to clean your gums and remaining teeth. If you have no teeth remaining does not mean you can skip cleaning your mouth. Use a soft toothbrush and salt water to clean your mouth. Make sure you are cleaning extra carefully all those places that come in contact with the dentures, which means the roof of the mouth, gum ridges, tongue and cheek. Look out for sore spots which might develop due to undue pressure of the denture. Seek dental care if you feel any sore spots or places where the denture is biting into your tissues. They need to be relieved immediately to avoid further ulcer formation.
For Good Oral Health
To maintain your mouth and dentures in the best of health follow the above instructions and schedule regular visits to your dentist. If you experience pain, soreness or loose dentures, visit your dentist immediately. Neglecting the proper care of dentures can lead to infections of the mouth, ulcers and other negative effects on your general health. Visit our dentist at Signature Smiles to understand the best ways to keep your dentures clean. During your visit, the fit of your dentures will be checked to see if they need to be replaced. Make an appointment today to find out more about which denture will best suit your needs. We offer a variety of treatment options at an affordable cost for patients who have lost all or few teeth including complete denture, implant supported permanent dentures, and partial dentures.