How to clean dentures
Keep your dentures clean for the sake of your oral health.
If you have dentures, it’s essential that you keep them clean. Having well looked after dentures will help you maintain good oral health and function in the long term.
Healthy oral hygiene habits are a good starting point, but it’s important to note that food particles tend to accumulate on your dentures so you will need to pay special attention to your cleaning regime.
Brush your dentures
It is important that you clean your dentures daily by brushing them. To brush them, use a denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleaning product, as toothpaste tends to be too abrasive and can cause damage to your dentures, so rather choose a specially formulated denture cleaner.
Make sure to brush gently as you remove any food particles and plaque that may have built up over the course of the day. Food particles often get stuck between the palate and upper denture, beneath a lower denture, and on the surface of dentures and if this debris is not removed, it can lead to a range of oral health issues. Brushing your dentures on a daily basis is important as it helps to prevent issues like bad breath, inflammation, gum disease and mouth sores that can be caused by a build-up of food particles and bacteria.
Do a regular deep clean
As well as brushing your dentures daily, it is a good idea to use a deep-cleaning solution from time to time to ensure that you get rid of food deposits that may have built up. After you have soaked your dentures according to the instructions on your solution, have a look for any remaining food deposits and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse off your dentures afterwards to make sure that you have removed all traces of the deep-cleaning solution before putting them back in your mouth.
Soak them overnight
In order to retain their shape, dentures need to stay moist overnight. For this reason, it is important that you soak your dentures either in water or a denture-soaking solution while you sleep. Don’t put them in hot water as this can cause damage. If you choose to soak your dentures in a denture-soaking solution, remember to rinse them before placing them back in your mouth.
Go for regular check-ups
We recommend that you come in for regular check-ups so that we can make sure that your dentures fit properly and that they are in good condition. We will let you know how often to come in, depending on your situation. If you have removable dentures, we usually recommend that you have them relined every three to five years. If you have implant-supported dentures, it is usually necessary to have a reline every two years or so.
If you would like to find out more about dentures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We offer a full range of denture services for patients who would like to have missing teeth replaced and oral function restored. For more information on caring for your dentures, please have a look here.
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