Taking care of your denture can seem like a chore. Do not worry! With a little effort your dentures can stay clean. Here are 5 tips for keeping your dentures clean and your smile healthy.
Prior to brushing, it helps to rinse your dentures off. Run them though water to help wash away food and other small particles. Be extra careful when handling your dentures. They are fragile! If you drop them in the sink you can chip or break them. DO NOT BOIL YOUR DENTURES! Using hot or boiling water can damage the denture.
Just as you would brush your natural teeth, your dentures need to be brushed as well. Never use cleaning solutions while your dentures are in. Rather, remove your dentures and carefully brush using a soft toothbrush – or even better – a special denture brush. This brush is shaped to get into the grooves and curves. Avoid using whitening toothpaste or harsh cleaning materials like bleach products. Talk to our Dentists about which cleaning solution would work best for your denture. Using too strong of solution can cause damage to the dentures.
You still need to take care of your natural teeth. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush. Be gentle when brushing and cleaning your gums. Cleaning your gums will help you reduce your risk of developing an oral infection. If you tooth brush is too rough on your gums, they make ultra soft brushes that are very fine bristles and much more comfortable on the tissues. Be sure to come see us if you are experiencing gum pain and we can make recommendations.
When you remove your dentures for bed, be sure to keep them in a covered container overnight. Use a denture – soaking solution to keep them clean overnight. A good one would be polident. This cleans, deodorizes and helps prevent staining. Water works as a substitute, as your dentures need moisture to retain their shape. If you have any questions about storing your dentures, talk to us and we can help.
It can sometimes be difficult to remove your dentures with an adhesive. If you are having trouble, try swishing warm water or a mouthwash around your mouth. Never use any cleaning solution, tool or foreign object to remove your dentures. Take special care to ensure the grooves of the dentures are clean where that area attaches to your gums. Make sure you have any left over adhesive removed before applying more. If you find that you are having to use more and more adhesive, you may need to have you denture relined. This is not uncommon. If you lose weight, you mouth tissues change and that can affect the fit of the denture.
Finally, when taken care of properly, you dentures will provide you with a lasting smile. Be vigilant in keeping up with cleaning your dentures. If you have any questions about caring for your dentures, call our office at 920-733-2445. We would be happy to work with you to figure out a solution for your denture concerns.