New to dentures or just need a friendly reminder on how to clean and maintain them properly? Here we’ll give you all the information you need for denture maintenance.
It’s important to handle your dentures with care to avoid breaking them or damaging them. When taking them out at night, be sure to fold up a towel or fill a sink full of water to absorb the impact in case you accidentally drop them. You should also always handle your dentures with clean hands to avoid passing any bacteria or dirt onto the dentures.
Brushing and Rinsing
You’ll need to brush and rinse your dentures to keep them clean and free of stains. Unclean dentures not only look bad, but they can also cause bad breath. To brush your dentures, you’ll need a non-abrasive paste or cream that is designed for this purpose. Using regular toothpaste will likely scratch your dentures. It’s also wise to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that’s specially created for them.
To clean them, hold the lower denture on the side you are brushing and never in the palm of your hand as this could cause them to break. In between brushings, rinse the dentures after every single meal using warm water to flush away debris and bacteria.
Using Denture Cleaner
You may also wish to clean your teeth with a dental cleaner from time to time. Before proceeding, you should always consult your dentist or denturist first regarding what products they recommend for the type of dentures you own. They will likely recommend a denture product like Steradent to remove persistent stains and calculus. In all cases, you should avoid using household cleaners, abrasive toothpaste, or bleach to clean the dentures as they can damage the surface materials. You may also wish to purchase an ultrasonic cleaner that will allow you to immerse your dentures into a small tub that cleans them with sound waves.
Your dentures should be safely stored away when you’re not using them. Your dentist will recommend the best methods for this. It’s important, however, to keep them moist so they do not lose their shape.
Adjusting and Repairing
As soon as you receive your dentures, your dentist may recommend a number of follow-up appointments necessary for adjustments. You should never attempt to adjust the dentures yourself by bending any of the metal attachments as this will only damage or weaken the structure. Instead, visit your dentist as prescribed and let them take care of any changes that need to be made. If at any time your dentures start to cause you soreness or irritation, it’s important to visit your dentist. It’s not uncommon for your gums to change and or for dentures to lose shape. The bone that supports the denture can, in fact, recede or shrink over time. This can make them loose and less stable which can impede your ability to chew while also causing facial distortion, lines, and wrinkles. Any looseness or pain is a sign that a repair or adjustment is needed by your dentist.
Dentures usually last between five to seven years, but in time, they will need to be rebased or remade due to normal wear and tear and changes to your jaw, bones, and gums. In many cases, the dentist will simply refit the base. However, an entirely new denture may need to be created.
Palate and Gum Care
Beyond cleaning your dentures, it’s also essential to brush your gums and tongue every day before putting your dentures in and after you remove them. Following a daily routine will ensure that any plaque or food debris is properly washed away, especially from the metal clasps. With a partial denture, you should brush your natural teeth as normal. Rinsing with mouthwash or lukewarm water is also recommended to clean the gums and eliminate bacteria.
Your dentist will advise you on how often you will need to visit to have your dentures and mouth examined. Regular dental visits are necessary to ensure that the fit is still stable and the materials are still in quality condition. Your dentist will also clean any of your remaining teeth, and give your gums and mouth a professional treatment to prevent decay or oral diseases.
At Rockcliffe Dental, our master Denturist has an on-site lab right in our office where he produces a variety of custom-fit dentures. We also offer same-day relines and repairs. Just book a consultation and examination with us, and we’ll take care of all of your needs. No matter how minor or major of a dental fitting or repair you need, we can easily accommodate you. Contact us today!