Do you follow a proper routine to clean your dentures? Regular maintenance is key to good oral health and optimizing the lifespan of your full or partial dentures. Most individuals do not realize that denture care is similar to that of your natural teeth. Read our guide below to learn what you must do.
How to Clean Your Dentures
- Brush dentures daily: It helps remove food particles and plaque. Use a soft toothbrush and gently brush the surface. Toothpaste is too abrasive and can create dents and scratches, so use a denture cleaner or mild hand soap instead. You may use an ultrasonic cleaner but that is not a substitute for brushing the dentures clean.
- Rinse after every meal: It helps remove food particles and reduce plaque buildup as well as prevents acid attacks and reduces chances of gum disease.
- Soak dentures when not in use: Dentures must be kept moist to prevent them from drying out and losing shape. Don’t use hot water, as it will cause them to warp. Consult your denturist about the right denture care techniques, especially if you have metal attachments.
- Care for your mouth and gums: Brush your gums, tongue and palate (and any remaining teeth) with a soft toothbrush every morning before you put your dentures on. Rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water helps clean your gums. You should also massage your gums lightly to stimulate circulation. Follow a nutritious diet in order to maintain a healthy mouth and body.
Can I Do My Own Denture Repairs?
Although dentures are meant to last for years, it is not uncommon for them to crack, chip and break, or even for a tooth to come loose. When this happens, consult your denturist immediately. The denturist can usually make adjustments on the same day. For more complex repairs, your dentures may be sent to a dental lab.
It is not recommended that you use over-the-counter glues or kits for do-it-yourself denture repairs as it could permanently damage them. Don’t attempt to tighten or fix the metal attachments yourself either.
Always make sure your dentures fit properly and are comfortable. Talk to your denturist about any issues that you may have, and get the necessary adjustments made.
When Will I Need Denture Replacement?
Complete dentures are usually worn for 5 to 7 years before they need replacement. How soon you need to replace them will typically depend on wear-and-tear as well as age-related changes to your face, jaw bone and gums. Your denturist will monitor your dentures and let you know when it is time for a change.
Dentures are made of different materials such as plastic, resin and porcelain. Your denturist can explain the differences and help you pick what will best meet your needs, lifestyle and budget.
The experienced team at Harrison Denture Clinic is dedicated to providing you with top quality care. We provide a full range of denture services including new dentures, relines and repairs to meet all your needs under one roof. We also work closely with dentists and oral surgeons in treatment planning. Our denture specialists will be happy to advise you on denture selection, replacement and repairs.
Call us for an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns about your dentures at 705-445-1121.