Denture Care as Easy as 1-2-3!
Tips from Oakville Denture Centre
March 3, 2020
Dentures, like natural teeth, require regular care and maintenance, and that starts with the basics of cleaning, “resting”, and handling with care. Dentures are an investment in time and money, so it makes sense that you look after them. Whether they are full dentures that replace all your natural teeth, partial, that replace some of your teeth, or implant supported dentures that attach to implanted artificial teeth, proper care is vital to maintain integrity and performance.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned at least once daily to remove plaque and prevent stains and tartar build up. Most dentists and denturists recommend removing them and rinsing after meals as well. Denture wearers are also encouraged to clean their mouths with a soft-bristled toothbrush after removing dentures. Caring for your gums will mean your dentures fit and feel better—and will help avoid gum disease. The dentures themselves can be cleaned by gently brushing with the same denture cleaning brush. A nonabrasive denture cleaner will help you keep your dentures clean. If you use a denture adhesive, you should clean the grooves that fit against your gums to ensure that any adhesive is removed. Implant supported dentures require the wearer to gently clean around the detachable appliances. A good rinse will remove any leftover cleanser and debris before you store them in a denturist approved container.
Soaking Overnight and Resting
Most dentures, like natural teeth, need to stay moistened. Soaking your dentures overnight in a denture solution helps remove stains and bacteria that cause odours. The dentures will be fresh and clean and ready to wear in the morning. Don’t be tempted to sleep overnight with your dentures in your mouth. It is important that dentures be removed before bed so that the tissues in your mouth can rest and recover. A good six to eight hours of rest each day should do the trick.
Handle With Care
Dentures are precious. Not only do they help you eat, enjoy life, and smile, but they also main the look of your facial features. You should avoid toothpicks, hard cleansers and brushes—as well as clumsy hands. Dropping your dentures can lead to cracks and breaks, so if you are all thumbs, take precautions and lay out a soft towel on your cleaning surface.
If you have any questions about denture care or denture services, give us a call at our Oakville office - 905-339-3202. We would love to work with you.