Dentures can be a great way to give you a great smile, boost your self confidence, and improve your chewing and speaking ability. Proper denture care is vital to ensuring that your dentures last as long as possible and fit well. Learning how to clean dentures properly can help to ensure that your dentures remain in excellent shape.
First, make a point to clean your dentures on a daily basis. Dentures should be brushed in the same manner as you would brush your natural teeth. The only difference is that you should not use a toothbrush. The reason for this is that many commercial toothpaste products can actually harm your dentures. Instead, you should use a denture brush with soft bristles.
No Household Cleansers
Never use any type of household cleaner, such as dishwashing liquid, for cleaning your dentures. Domestic cleaners often contain chemicals that can be damaging to your dentures and could even cause them to become deformed. Also, avoid using any type of cleaner with bleach, which could cause the pink parts of your dentures to become discolored.
Along with daily brushing, it is also important to rinse your dentures with plain water following each meal. Keep in mind that while commercial soaking products are available that can be used for soaking your dentures overnight, it is still important to brush your dentures daily. As you brush your dentures, make sure you take care not to bend any of the attachments.
Handle With Care
Proper denture care also means handling your dentures with care. You may notice that your dentures feel a little slippery when handling them as you clean your dentures. When brushing your dentures, place a folded towel in the sink or fill the sink with water to avoid breaking your dentures if you should drop them.
An Overnight Soak
Soaking your dentures overnight is important to keep them from drying out. You may use a commercial cleaning solution or cool water. If you choose to use a cleaning solution, be sure you understand what is contained in the solution. This is particularly important for dentures with metal attachments, as some solution could cause the metal on your dentures to tarnish. It’s also important to avoid soaking your dentures in hot water, as this could cause them to warp.
Never leave your dentures in your mouth overnight. Whether you wear full or partial dentures, it’s important to remove them every night. Doing so will give your gum tissue an opportunity to rest. Your dentist may advise that you wear your dentures while sleeping for a short period of time after you first get your dentures in order for your mouth to adjust to them. This should be the only time that you wear your dentures while sleeping.
While your dentures are soaking, take advantage of the time to wipe the inside of your mouth using a toothbrush with very soft bristles or a damp washcloth. Be sure to wipe along the ridges of your mouth where your dentures rest, as well as your lips, cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, you should also clean all teeth. You may also choose to use a mouthwash rinse to give your mouth a fresh feel.
Prior to re-inserting your dentures, always rinse them thoroughly water.
Dentures Can Become Loose Over Time
Keep in mind that while the tissues in your mouth are in a continual state of change, your dentures do not change. As a result, you may notice that your dentures begin to feel a bit loose over time. When this happens, your dentures will need to be adjusted professionally. For this reason, it is a good idea to visit your dentist once a year to have your dentures checked. Ideally, with proper care, your dentures should last for between five to seven years before needing to be replaced.
If your dentures need adjustment, it is important that you never attempt to handle the adjustment on your own. After you receive your dentures, one or more appointments may be needed to perform any necessary adjustments. One of the most common mistakes that many people make with their dentures is trying to obtain a better fit by bending the metal attachments or clasps. Doing so can cause the metal structure to become weak. While over-the-counter glues and DIY repair kits are available on the market, such products can cause permanent damage to your dentures.
It’s also important that you not try to endure ill-fitting dentures. Dentures that do not fit properly can cause sores or irritation in your mouth. If your dentures have any cracks, breaks, or chips, you should contact your dentist right away. Relatively simply repairs or adjustments can often be handled in one day, although complicated repairs may need to be sent to a special lab.
Do not allow anyone else to handle your dentures, as this is unhygienic and could put you at greater risk for illness.
Never use toothpicks with your dentures, as this can cause damage.
It Can Take Time to Get Used to Your Dentures
If you are new to wearing dentures, remember that it will usually take a little time and practice to become accustomed wearing them. Start by eating soft foods cut into small pieces. This will help you to learn how to chew while wearing dentures. As you become accustomed to wearing dentures, you can then begin to add other foods to your diet.
Remember that it may be difficult to wear dentures after you first receive them and you should expect it will take some time to become accustomed to wearing dentures. Problems can be prevented with proper denture care and scheduling appointments with your dentist every six months. If you notice any changes to your dentures or the way they fit, make a point to see your dentist immediately.