Proper Care and Maintenance of Your Dentures
Keeping your dentures clean is crucial for both the longevity of your denture and also for the health of your mouth. Always handle dentures over a soft surface, such as a folded towel or water-filled basin, to minimize the impact if they are accidentally dropped.
A healthy smile starts with proper denture care
Remove and Rinse: Start by removing your dentures and rinsing them under running water to eliminate loose food particles. Never use hot water, as it can warp the denture material which in turn will affect the fit. Stick to lukewarm water for rinsing and cleaning. Handle them carefully to avoid any damage.
Use a Soft Brush: Gently brush your dentures inside and outside daily with a soft, large denture toothbrush and liquid dish soap or mild, non-abrasive denture toothpaste to remove plaque and food particles. This will help prevent bacteria growth, bad odor and permanent staining. Choose denture cleaning products that are specifically designed for this purpose. Regular toothpaste, harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners can damage dentures over time.
Clean Your Mouth: Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Maintaining a clean oral environment is essential, even if you have no natural teeth.
After Meals: You should also remove and rinse your dentures after eating to eliminate any food debris.
Do Not Sleep with Your Dentures: Unless otherwise instructed by us, your dentures should be removed at bedtime to give your gums and bone a much-needed bacteria-free break, which will keep them significantly healthier. Wearing dentures during the day protects your jawbone while wearing them at night actually accelerates the natural process of bone loss.
Home Maintenance for Dentures – Video
Soak Overnight: Place your dentures in room temperature water in their case overnight to keep them moist. Soak your dentures in a cleaning solution a minimum of once per week or more if you are a smoker, a heavy coffee, tea or wine drinker or if you notice more staining. If your dentures have metal components, ask us about the appropriate soaking solution.
*For your convenience we carry clinical grade cleaning solution and adhesive for purchase in our office.
Handle with Care: When not in use, store your dentures in their case, away from children and pets. Avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures, which can affect their shape.
Regular Check-ups: Schedule annual check-ups with us to ensure your dentures fit well and address any potential issues promptly. Ill-fitting dentures can cause breakage, discomfort and contribute to oral health problems.
Diligent denture maintenance with a focus on regular and gentle cleaning using appropriate tools and cleansers is vital for oral health. By implementing these practices, you may preserve the integrity of your denture, minimize the risk of oral infections and contribute to your overall well-being. Remember, a healthy smile starts with proper denture care.