Dentures need to be cleaned and looked after, just like natural teeth. But because dentures are made up of artificial teeth, there are some important things to take note of. Knowing how to clean dentures and store them correctly can keep them in good condition for longer. Let’s look at some of the most important steps involved in caring for dentures.
Denture Care And Cleaning
In order to maintain a high standard of oral health you will need to keep your natural teeth, mouth and dentures clean on a daily basis. In the same way that plaque and bacteria accumulate on natural teeth, your tongue and the roof of your mouth, plaque will form over your dentures. If plaque is not removed it hardens and calcifies, turning into a substance called tartar.
Denture care and cleaning must be done diligently every day to avoid your dentures becoming stained, causing bad breath and gum irritation.
Caring For Dentures
Daily Denture Care: How To Clean Dentures
If you have removable dentures you will need to take them out before cleaning them. You must be careful when handling your dentures as dropping them can cause damage.
Rinse your dentures under cold water before cleaning.
You should use a soft bristled toothbrush with soap and cold water or denture cleaner for denture care. You should use a different toothbrush to clean your natural teeth. Don’t forget to brush your gums and the surface of your tongue when you clean dentures. If you use denture adhesive, you must clean it off as well.
Once you have cleaned your dentures you should leave them in a glass of water or denture soak overnight.
Weekly Denture Care
Soaking your dentures is advisable for denture care every week. This can help to remove stains and any plaque residue. You can use denture soak, or you can make a solution of half water and half white vinegar. If you have partial dentures you should not use a vinegar soak as this can corrode the clasps; rather use denture soak.
You should brush and rinse your dentures before and after you have soaked them.
Denture Care: Getting Used To New Dentures
You will need to go through a period of adjustment when you get your new dentures. They may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, as they will feel slightly different to your natural teeth.
It is quite common to experience dry mouth or excess saliva production when you first start wearing dentures.
You may experience some discomfort on your gums, so it’s important to have a break from wearing your dentures every evening when you go to bed. This gives the gums a chance to heal from irritation and may help you to avoid sore spots from forming.
The Benefits Of Dentures
Eating and speaking should become much easier and more comfortable once you are used to wearing dentures. Try to chew and talk as you normally would, but if you find that the denture is moving around, speak to your practitioner about using a denture adhesive.
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