How To Care for Your Dentures
While you cannot experience tooth decay and cavities when using removable dentures, they still require proper care to keep them clean from stains and looking fresh every day. Not to mention the effects that correctly cared for dentures will have on your overall oral health. Implement the following practices regularly to increase the longevity of your dentures and keep them clean every day.
Handle With Care
When dealing with dentures, it is important to handle them with great care when not using them. Always avoid dropping or bending them, as the plastic or clasps can break easily during the cleaning process. To ensure you don’t damage your dentures while cleaning them, it’s best practice to stand over a folded towel or a sink filled with water when handling or removing them.
Pro tip from our dentists: Put a towel or washcloth in the sink in case you drop your dentures; this way, you can avoid accidentally breaking them!
Like with natural teeth, you should brush and rinse your dentures daily to remove plaque and food buildup and prevent permanent denture stains. When brushing your dentures, avoid using toothpaste as it is abrasive and may cause microscopic scratches in areas where plaque builds up. Instead, soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush, scrubbing in the small grooves between your gums and your dentures to remove any denture adhesive. Don’t forget to also remove your dentures after eating to rinse out any leftover food particles.
Use a Denture Cleaner
Because toothpaste and other household cleaners are too abrasive to use on dentures, our dentists in Wichita at Cambridge Family Dentistry recommend using hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid soap to clean your dentures. Avoid using any bleach or bleach-based products as they may begin to turn the pink, gum-colored portion of the dentures white. If you choose to, you may opt to purchase an ultrasonic cleaner, a small bathtub-like device that contains a denture cleaning solution. Simply place your dentures in the container, and sound waves will create a motion that dislodges deposits.
Pro tip from our dentists: Remember to only use products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as they have been thoroughly evaluated for safety and effectiveness!
Store in a Safe Place
When you’re not wearing your dentures, it’s important to continue proper care by storing them in a safe space where they can be kept moist. This will help keep them from drying out and losing their shape. Consider storing them in a denture cleanser solution or water, unless your dentures have metal attachments, which may cause the metal to tarnish. Additionally, never put your dentures in hot water, as this will warp them. For more options that work for you, contact your dentist to discuss any further concerns.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups
After you have your dentures placed, your dentist will recommend how often to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. During your regularly scheduled check-ups, they will also help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort while checking the inside of your mouth to make sure it’s healthy. If your dentures at any time become loose, or you begin to experience irritations, sores, or infection, promptly schedule an appointment with your dentist.