A new set of dentures starts out pearly white, but just like natural teeth, with time will accumulate stains, discoloration, and bacteria. Keeping your dentures clean is essential for both your appearance and maintaining good oral health. Let's explore some tips to help you keep your dentures clean and your smile bright for a long time.
1. Daily Cleaning Routine:
Maintaining a daily cleaning routine is crucial for keeping your dentures in good condition. Just like with your natural teeth, brushing twice daily is one of the most important things you can do to keep your dentures clean. Here's a simple routine to follow:
Morning Cleaning: Start your day by gently brushing your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and damage your dentures. Make sure to clean all around the grooves any residual food, plaque or adhesive.
After Meals: Rinse your dentures with plain water after each meal to remove any food particles. This prevents stains and odors from developing.
Evening Cleaning: Before going to bed, brush your dentures once again with a denture cleanser and a soft brush. Remove them at night to allow your gums to rest. A common side effect for leaving your denture on too much is denture stomatitis.
2. Handle with care
Dentures are made of acrylic, which means they are fragile and can easily chip, crack of break if you drop them against a hard surface. Handle your dentures with care to prevent damage. When cleaning them or taking them in and out of your mouth, stand over a folded towel or a basin of water. This way, if they accidentally slip from your grasp, they won't break from the fall.
3. Avoid Hot Water:
Never use hot or boiling water to clean your dentures, as this can cause them to warp or lose their shape. Stick to lukewarm or cool water for cleaning.
4. Use the right tools
Invest in a denture brush or a soft-bristle toothbrush specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Regular toothbrushes can be too abrasive and cause scratches. Use a denture cleanser that's approved by your dentist or specifically designed for dentures. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for the correct usage and dilution. Do not use bleach, abrasive cleaning agents, or toothpaste on your dentures. These can damage the denture material and lead to discoloration.
Soaking your dentures overnight in a denture cleaning solution can help remove stains and bacteria. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
6. Regular Dental Check-Ups:
Visit your dentist twice a year. They can verify, adjust and refit your dentures as needed to prevent poor denture retention, irritation, infection or ulcer formation. They will also make sure that your remaining teeth, gums and soft tissue are healthy as well as provide professional cleaning to remove tartar and plaque buildup.
7. Maintain Oral Hygiene:
While dentures replace your natural teeth, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft toothbrush to remove bacteria and keep your mouth fresh. Bacteria in your mouth can be transferred to your dentures, so it's important to maintain good oral health.
8. Handle with Care:
Be gentle when inserting and removing your dentures. Avoid biting into hard or tough foods that can strain or damage them. You should avoid abrasive materials such as strong cleaners, bleach containing products, whitening tooth paste and hot water.
When not wearing your dentures, store them in a clean container filled with plain water. Avoid using hot or boiling water for storage.
10. Address Issues Promptly:
If you notice any cracks, chips, or changes in the fit of your dentures, consult your dentist immediately. Delaying repairs can lead to further problems and discomfort.
11. Be Mindful of Adhesives:
If you use denture adhesives, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use them sparingly. Excessive use can make it difficult to clean your dentures properly.
Dentures are a simple and easy way to replace your missing teeth. They improve your quality of life by restoring a natural smile and function. Keeping your dentures clean not only ensures good oral hygiene but also extends the lifespan of your dentures. By following these tips and maintaining regular dental check-ups, you can enjoy a healthy smile and the comfort of well-maintained dentures for years to come.