What I Learned About Caring For Dentures

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Caring for dentures in the proper manner will extend their lifespan, improve their functionality and safeguard your oral health.  The question is how, exactly, to care for dentures to maximize their utility and functional life.

Below, we explain the nuances of caring for dentures.

Clean Your Dentures Every Single Day

Dentures must be cleaned on a daily basis just like normal teeth. Dentures should be brushed just like normal teeth.  However, dentures do not require toothpaste. In fact, plenty of commercial toothpaste has the potential to damage dentures. The best way to brush your dentures is with a specialized denture brush that features uber-soft bristles.

These brushes are specifically designed for cleaning dentures.  Do not assume denture cleaners designed for soaking dentures will suffice in place of a thorough brushing.  If you do not brush your dentures, they will eventually be laden with the plaque.

Caring for Dentures After Meals

Do not let food particles settle on your dentures after a meal or snack.  These food particles can damage dentures just like regular teeth. Rinse your dentures after each meal.  Tap water will suffice for this cleaning.

The Cleaning Process: Sweat the Small Stuff

Be extremely careful when handling your dentures.  Your best course of action is to fill the sink with water or lay down a towel as you handle your dentures. Otherwise, if the dentures slip out of your hands, they will fall on the hard floor or counter and possibly crack.  Even if your dentures do not break after dropping on a hard surface, there might be significant aesthetic flaws resulting from such an unfortunate incident.

Caring for Dentures While Sleeping

Do not wear your dentures to bed!  Your gums need this eight hours to rest. Dentures should soak at night while you sleep.  Put your dentures in cold water or a specialized solution meant to clean dentures.  The purpose of putting your dentures in such liquid is to stop them from becoming too dry.

If your dentures feature metal attachments, do not select any old cleaning solution.  Some such cleaning solutions have the potential to damage the metal attachments. Furthermore, it is a mistake to soak dentures in anything but cool water.  There is a common misconception that only hot water should be used for cleaning purposes.

Most people hear that hot water is an effective means of cleaning as they hear it kills germs and other diminutive threats the human eye cannot see.  However, if you place your dentures in hot water overnight, there is the potential for them to warp. Warped dentures will not fit properly in your mouth.

Wearing Dentures Does not Mean You can Neglect Your Mouth

Once you remove and clean your dentures, do not assume that is it.  It is important to brush your gums, tongue, mouth roof and the insides of your cheeks with toothpaste containing fluoride. You must complete this process before reinserting the dentures or you will be placing these artificial teeth in a mouth rife with food particles and bacteria.

Please call Rocky View Dental Care today at (303) 219-2053!


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