Top Tips For Looking After Your Denture
Let them soak Dentures aren’t meant to be worn 24/7. Removing them in the evening gives your gums a break, and lets your saliva have a chance to clean and sanitise your entire mouth. But don’t just leave dentures sitting out, this can make them dry our and become brittle—be sure to let them soak in water or a mild denture solution overnight. The moisture will help them retain their shape and stay fresh and clean. Rinse them again in the morning before you put them in.
Be careful when cleaning them. Just because these aren’t your real teeth, that doesn’t mean they don’t need regular cleaning. Brush your dentures with a regular soft-bristled brush -not the same one you use for your real teeth. You can also use a special denture cleaning brush. Use a mild dish washing detergent to clean the denture. Never use toothpaste, abrasive cleaners or a hard brush on your dentures, they can easily wear grooves into the soft plastic, or cause other types of damage. Avoid any products that contain bleach, as these can weaken the denture’s plastic base and cause it to change colour. When cleaning do not use hot or boiling water; excessive heat can warp dentures and cause them to fit improperly.
Handle them with care. Dentures can break easily; you’ll want to be careful with them. Clean them over a folded towel or bowl of water in case they drop. And never leave them where young children or pets can reach them.
Look after your whole mouth. Even if you have full dentures, you still need to care for your gums. Whenever you take out your dentures, give your mouth a good rinse and then massage your gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush. If you have partial dentures, you still need to properly brush and floss your teeth twice a day.
Visit the dentist. Whether you have partial or full dentures, you still need to see your dentist at least once a year. The dentist will examine your oral tissues for changes and for sores that might become cancerous. The dentist will also provide advice as to oral hygiene and denture care.