Dentures can replace missing or damaged teeth and are available in partial, complete and flexible options depending on the severity of your tooth loss. Dentures are a natural-looking and comfortable solution to your tooth loss. They also have the added benefit of being convenient and generally easy to maintain. They can even be custom fitted to your mouth for maximum comfort and a seamless look.
If you or someone you know is interested in discussing options when it comes to dentures, you’ve come to the right place. Our team of dental professionals here at Bristol Dental are knowledgeable and ready to help when it comes to your oral health. Continue reading to learn more about denture care and how to clean your dentures without damaging them properly.
Clean with Care
Since most dentures are easily breakable, it’s important to proceed with caution and care whenever you clean or handle them. Clean them over a bowl of water or a soft surface and not directly over the ground, should they slip out of your hands while cleaning. Also, while cleaning, be careful not to bend your dentures in any way to avoid damage.
Brush and Soak
Generally, when cleaning your dentures, you should stick to a simple procedure of brushing and soaking. Never use toothpaste to brush your dentures, as there are specifically formulated denture cleaners on the market that are non-abrasive to use. Use these and a brush to carefully clean your dentures and make sure that you clean the entire surface and all crevices. Be careful not to brush too hard, as this can damage the surfaces of your dentures. Next, soak your dentures daily in a cleaning solution specifically made for this purpose. By doing this, you will remove excess plaque and thoroughly disinfect your dentures for their next use. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to cleaning your dentures.
Avoid Bleach and Hot Water
Certain products such as bleach and abrasive cleaning agents should never be used to clean your dentures. Also, it’s a good idea to avoid hot water when washing or soaking your dentures as it can weaken them and cause them to break over time.
Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions
Your dentist is the professional that you should consult when it comes to the care and maintenance of your dentures. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions, as they are the most knowledgeable and accurate information source for your dental and oral health. Remember that they are there in the first place to help you and will be happy to answer your questions to ensure that you are taking proper care of your dentures and maintaining good oral health and hygiene.
A good rule of thumb is daily cleaning when it comes to how often you should be cleaning your dentures. It’s also a good practice to clean them after eating if necessary. It’s up to you to manage the cleaning and care of your dentures, so make sure that you have a convenient and realistic routine.
Consider Professional Cleaning
As with your natural teeth, there may be times when plaque and bacteria build up on your dentures to the point that you cannot remove them yourself. In this case, it is recommended that you take your dentures to the dentist to be professionally cleaned. Your dentists can safely and conveniently give your dentures a deeper, more thorough cleaning to keep them looking and feeling great.
Usually, you should remove your dentures and soak them in water or solution overnight. They will need to be kept moist in order to retain their shape. Consult with your dentist regarding how best to keep your dentures overnight. If you use a denture solution, remember to rinse off your dentures before using them in the morning, as these solutions are not meant to be swallowed or consumed.
Don’t Neglect Dentist Appointments
Just because you wear dentures doesn’t mean that you can avoid routine dentist check-ups. Even if you don’t have your natural teeth, your dentist still needs to assess and check on your mouth, gums, bones, and overall condition. They can also examine your dentures for proper fit and give them a cleaning if necessary.
Just like your natural teeth, you want your dentures to remain clean and free from any stains or plaque build-up. Treat them with care, and they will reward you with a beautiful, long-lasting smile.