Can Denture Wearers Chew Gum Without the Risks?

Dentures are delicate dental appliances, and they can come with many recommendations regarding maintenance and what not to chew. Ideally, dentures will mimic natural teeth as best as possible, but that doesn’t change the fact that they don’t attach to your mouth. (Even implant-supported dentures latch onto titanium screws rather than your gums.) So, although denture wearers should avoid chewing hard, sticky or gummy textures, chewing gum can be an entirely different story. Here’s how you can chew gum without dislodging or wearing out your dentures!

Why Chewing Gum Isn’t As Big a Deal As You Think It Is

Today’s dentures and their technological advancements are a far cry from the ill-fitting originals of yesteryear. Nowadays, you can count on denture attachments and implant support to secure your dentures in place. If your set has either denture attachments (e.g. metal clasps, precision attachments or magnets — available for partial dentures only) or implant support, chances are you’ll fare fine with regular chewing gum. That said, that doesn’t mean you can’t be picky about your sticky, minty-fresh favourites. Think about the following when finding your favourite gum.

Find a Denture-Friendly Brand

When perusing all the labels of the gums you could be using, keep your eyes peeled for ‘non-stick certifications’ — in other words, assurances that the gum will not stick to dentures or prostheses. If the manufacturer has already toned down the stickiness, chances are they’ve toned down the colour of the gum to neutral, too. Remember: the more boring and neutral this nondescript shade, the less it will leave its mark on your artificial teeth. Some good brands that tick both these boxes are Oral7® Chewing Gum and Freedent (by Wrigley’s).

Neutral, Soft & Even

You want to keep your gum low-stick in a neutral colour — but what other features should you look for in denture-friendly gum? If possible, it’s usually best to find a soft product, especially if you’re first starting out. Chew your soft gum slowly, distributing it evenly across the mouth to prevent wearing out or straining a particular section of the prosthesis. Starting with a slow and even approach can help you ease into gum chewing.

Keep the Sugar to a Minimum

If you have partial dentures, you’ll want to find a product containing minimal sugar — ideally none. While your artificial teeth cannot sustain cavities, your natural teeth still can — especially those sitting adjacent to your partial dentures. Freedent is a low-sugar option, containing only two grams of sugar per stick. Oral7® Chewing Gum is a sugar-free formulation built to motivate saliva production and protect against plaque and other nasties.

Removing Chewing Gum From Dentures

Despite your best efforts, you find yourself in a sticky situation — what to do from here? We can tell you what not to do, and that’s applying heat of any kind. As a seasoned denture wearer would know, immersing the appliance in boiling water is a red-hot no-no. Because the prosthesis is delicate and vulnerable to heat distortion, you should keep your hair dryer pointed away from your dentures, even at its lowest setting.

So, how do you remove chewing gum from your dentures? The best method is to remove as much as you can by hand before leaving it to soak in warm — NOT hot — vinegar, which can help dissolve any residue.

For a Better Chewing Experience

However well your dentures can handle chewing gum, they can always use a little extra help. For a better chewing experience, why not apply some dental adhesive? Available as a cream, powder, pad or strip, dental adhesive creates a thin layer between the gums and denture base to enhance the seal and reduce movement. Whether you’re talking, eating or chewing gum, dental adhesive can prove itself to be a great stabilising presence and excellent for that extra peace of mind. 

For All Other Concerns…

Still concerned about chewing gum with dentures in? Or do you have a different denture-related enquiry entirely? Whatever’s going on, send us your enquiry online, and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, you can also call Direct Denture Care directly on (08) 9440 1540.

Denture-Cleaning Tablets: Everything You Need To Know

Dental care looks slightly different for denture wearers — no less because they swap traditional toothpaste and mouthwash for denture cleaner and tablets. Whether you have natural or artificial teeth, cleaning them daily is essential for removing the bacteria that cause bad breath and infections. If you’re new to dentures — or need a refresher on refreshing those porcelain pearly whites — this blog post will give an overview of everything you need to know about denturecleaning tablets. So, without further ado, let’s sink our teeth into it!

Denture-Cleaning Tablets: An Overview

Denturecleaning tablets contain chemical oxidants and ingredients that respectively remove food stains and bacteria beyond the reach of a denture brush. With the help of effervescent ingredients, cleaning compounds disperse to freshen up — and remove stains from — dentures. Brushing dentures post-soak will only deepen all these benefits.

What’s Inside

So, what specifically are these chemical oxidants and effervescent chemicals? If this gives you any idea, denture tablets’ chemical composition is a less abrasive variation on those of household cleaners and laundry detergents. Crack open denture tablets is this is what you may find:

  • Sodium bicarbonate and citric acid: A salty duo that join forces to produce hydrogen-peroxide, ergo triggering that ‘effervescence’ that distributes the active ingredients throughout.
  • Sodium lauryl sulphate: The surfactant that ensures everything gets into the solution.
  • Potassium persulphate: Oxidises stains.
  • Sodium perborate: Bleaches dentures to whiten them and kill bacteria.
  • Sodium sulphite: Prevents the metal parts and pieces from corrosion.
  • Penta-sodium triphosphate: Extends the life of the clean finish by stabilising the hydrogen-peroxide during the chemical reaction.

Teeth-grittingly important: While sharing a similar composition, household cleaners and denturecleaning tablets are not one and the same. Ergo, when it comes to cleaning dentures, you should NOT alternate between the two. Using household cleaners on dentures is never a safe option, and you should always ensure you use a denture-specific cleaner.

How To Use Denture-Cleaning Tablets

Denturecleaning tablets are rather user-friendly, as you can see from our step-by-step guide below:

  1. Prepare a glass or container of lukewarm water and put your dentures inside it.
  2. Put one of your denture tablets in the water and leave it to soak for however long the instructions on the packaging specify. A typical duration can look like three to five minutes, or it can be at least one hour.
  3. Once the ‘soaking’ time has passed, clean your dentures with the cleaning solution using a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush.
  4. Remove the dentures from the cleaning solution and rinse them under cold running water. It’s important to avoid hot water when dealing with dentures, as it can compromise their delicate, customised structure.
  5. The moment you’re finished with the cleaning solution, discard it.

Teeth-gritted disclaimer: Denturecleaning tablets are a fantastic way to freshen dentures daily. However, just as someone with natural teeth shouldn’t rely on mouthwash alone, someone with dentures shouldn’t consider denture tablets the be-all and end-all. Here are some more critical aspects of denture cleaning to incorporate into your every day.

1. Daily Brushing

Remove your dentures from your mouth and clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush, as well as some liquid soap or denture cleaner. While denture tablets do give a great once-over, nothing compares to manual motions from a toothbrush, which stop plaque in its tracks and prevent further buildup. When brushing, you should never use regular toothpaste, as this contains abrasive ingredients that will wear out your dentures.

2. Post-Eating Maintenance

After you’ve finished eating (or drinking anything other than water, such as coffee), you should remove your dentures and rinse them with running water (remember: hot water will land you in hot water). You should also rinse your mouth. Note that you shouldn’t need to brush or use denture cleaner between these eating interludes. A rinse beneath running water will remove residue and dislodge enough plaque-causing food particles to keep your dentures feeling fresh.

3. Professional Consultations

While this isn’t a daily component of denture care, you should certainly consult a denturist if you’re finding stubborn stains that a brush can’t budge. As well as removing stains, denturists can check for cracks in your dentures that may be harbouring bacteria. In this case, they may recommend denture repair to prevent further damage, and potentially get to the bottom of why you can’t clean your dentures. Denturists can also polish dentures to appear shiny and new, with a surface so slick that it makes for easier day-to-day cleaning.

Booking Your Professional Consultation

Whether you need help with denture cleaning or another type of denture maintenance, you can count on Direct Denture Care to get to the bottom of whatever’s got you down in the mouth. From denture repairs (regular and emergency) to denture relining, we have all the services you need to keep your dentures aesthetic and functional. 

Denture-wearing is a well-worn road, but we also have services for newbies — whether you want to fit partial dentures or the full enchilada — some available as a same-day service. For something more permanent, we also offer implant overdentures. To keep your dentures safe — regardless of whether you’re new to dentures or have been wearing them for a while — we can make you a mouthguard customised to your smile.

If you’re in need of any of the services above, book an appointment with Direct Denture Care today. You can find a clinic in either Balcatta or Hillarys in Perth. 

Dos & Don’ts To Follow To Preserve the Quality & Appearance of Your Dentures

If you wear dentures, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure they live a long and happy life. From mimicking the movement of natural teeth to giving you a glinting mouthful of pearly whites, dentures do a lot for you — so you’ll want to preserve their quality and appearance for as long as possible. In this blog post, we’ll break down some of the golden rules for your pearly whites — from denture maintenance to daily dos and don’ts. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Dos & Don’ts of Cleaning Dentures

Just as natural teeth require daily cleaning, so too do your dentures. That said, as much as dentures resemble naturally occurring teeth, they are not the same — so they will require a different cleaning method. Here are the dos and don’ts of cleaning dentures.

Do: Rinse Your Dentures

After eating — or drinking anything apart from water — you should remove your dentures and rinse them beneath running water. Alternatively, pool water in the sink and rinse your dentures like your dishes. While the latter method will ensure you won’t drop and break your dentures, it won’t provide the same water pressure renowned for dislodging food particles or removing residue from beverages — especially ones that stain, such as coffee. So, use your best judgement here.

The sooner you rinse your dentures after eating or drinking, the less opportunity plaque has to grow or stains have to ingrain themselves.

Don’t: Use Hot Water

Whether you’re rinsing, soaking or cleaning your dentures, one thing’s for sure: boiling or hot water will land you in — well, hot water. If your dentures come into contact with too-hot water, they risk compromising their delicate, custom-made structure. Although common sense suggests that boiling water is the deep-cleaning go-to, you’re much better off cleansing your dentures in warm water.

Do: Remove Your Dentures Before Brushing

While you can brush your dentures while wearing them, the only way to achieve a thorough clean is to remove them from your mouth. Moreover, if you’re cleaning your dentures with a denture cleanser, you should never apply this inside the mouth, as it contains a highly toxic ingredient called persulfate.

Don’t: Use Regular Toothpaste

While we’re discussing what to brush onto your dentures, regular toothpaste won’t cut it. While some non-abrasive variants may be okay, it’s best to use paste or cleanser specifically made for dentures. Because dentures are not natural teeth, chances are the formula in regular toothpaste will be too abrasive for their porcelain or acrylic resin. This problem is especially the case with teeth-whitening toothpaste, which whitens natural teeth but damages dentures due to its bleaching chemical.

Do: Use a Soft-Bristled or Denture Toothbrush

As aforementioned, dentures are usually porcelain or acrylic resin — they don’t have the toughness of enamel. For this reason, you should gently clean your dentures using either a soft-bristled toothbrush or a brush made specifically for denture surfaces.

Don’t: Neglect Old Denture Adhesive

If you use denture adhesive, it won’t seal if you try to apply it on top of the older product. Clean off all the old adhesive gel before you take your dentures out for the night.

Do: Brush Every Day & After Eating

Just because your teeth are artificial doesn’t mean they’re immune to plaque. Make sure to brush your dentures at least once daily, covering all its surfaces. For the best results, clean them after eating — or at least after consuming foods that stick or stain.

Handling Dentures With Care

Of course, a key component to preserving the quality and appearance of your dentures is to handle them with care. Made from porcelain or acrylic resin — and fashioned to fit your mouth using a delicate structure — dentures can break relatively easily. Lest you require sameday denture repair, here are some tips to avoid roughhousing your delicate dental appliance.

1. Wet Your Hands

As counterintuitive as it sounds, handling dentures with wet hands can give a secure grip and help prevent slippage. On the other hand, considering dentures almost always exist in a wet environment — be it your mouth or the glass of water by the bed — this checks out.

2. Don’t Bend or Twist

Dentures are aligned to fit inside the unique shape of your mouth. For this reason, don’t bend or twist your dentures while holding them, as this will almost certainly compromise their customised structure.

3. Leverage Towels or Basins

If you’re cleaning your dentures by hand, you may wish to do so over a towel or basin of water. Should the worst happen and you drop your dentures, a towel or pool of water may help cushion the blow.

4. Be Gentle

Perhaps the most obvious advice is to handle your dentures with all the gentleness in the world — just as you would with any fragile structure.

Storage & Overnight Care

Because dentures come out of the mouth, storing them overnight usually becomes part of the nightly dental routine. Here are some quick tips relating to storage and overnight care.

1. Soak Them Overnight

Whenever most people envision dentures, they picture them in a glass of water by the bed. You should store them overnight this way, as a nightlong soak will keep your dentures in their preferred state — wet — and prevent warping. If you’re trying to remove stains or desire a deeper clean, you can also fill the glass with a denture-cleaning solution.

2. Keep Them Away From Children & Pets

If you have little ones hanging around — be they human, furry, sharp-beaked or stealthy in any way — you need to keep your dentures out of their reach. You wouldn’t want them to break them or compromise their structure.

3. Keep Them Away From Heat Sources

Remember, hot water is a no-no if you’re handling dentures with care — so it only follows that you should keep them away from all heat sources. You wouldn’t want to risk deforming your tailor-made dentures.

4. Travel With (Denture) Care

If you’re travelling, you should ideally bring your glass, denture brush, paste or cleanser, and cleaning solution (if applicable). If this is not possible or practical, you can store your dentures in a zip-locked bag — as long as you thoroughly rinse them before re-wearing them!

Eating & Chewing Guidelines

However well dentures emulate natural tooth function, they do differ from the real thing. Accordingly, how you eat and chew with a pair of dentures will also vary from the norm. So, whether you’re new to dentures or you’ve been wearing them for a while, here are some eating and chewing guidelines to refer back to.

Do: Build Up to Solids

When you start wearing dentures, you may feel tempted to dive straight back into solid foods. That said, wearing dentures is a considerable adjustment, and you should ride out the transition by starting soft and gradually hardening up. Here’s our recommendation:

  • Weeks 1–2: Adopt a diet of liquids or soft foods that don’t require chewing, such as soup, yoghurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes or applesauce.
  • Weeks 3–4: Introduce soft solids, such as vegetables, pasta, meat or tofu, cut into small chunks.
  • Week 4 onwards: You may now introduce slightly chewier foods.

Don’t: Eat Anything Sticky, Hard or Gummy

However you slice it, dentures function and sit in the mouth differently from natural teeth. They have a more delicate build and a much looser grip on the jaw. Accordingly, this means you should forgo foods with sticky, hard or gummy textures, such as:

  • Popcorn or nuts: Those with natural teeth know the annoyance of kernels, seeds or sharp fragments catching in the teeth. In the case of dentures, imagine this — only under the appliance itself. It can cause a lot of pain and irritation.
  • Multigrain bread or crackers: Similar to the above — multigrain products are renowned for little seeds that can get stuck in crannies.
  • Sticky, hard or gummy lollies: A sweet moment on the lips versus the ordeal of trying to reattach your dislodged dentures.
  • Steak and gristly/chewy meats: Tough textures such as these put enough pressure on dentures to dislodge them.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables: See above.
  • Nut butters: Do you want to scrape this off your dentures later? Because this stuff will stick.

If you find yourself craving any of the above, you can make it work by a) applying denture adhesive and b) chewing the food thoroughly before swallowing.

Do: Eat Soft Foods

The list of foods to consume week-by-week was not exhaustive. Once your dentures have found their place in your mouth, feel free to chow down on:

  • Fruit that’s soft and ripe
  • Vegetables — boiled, steamed or roasted
  • Ground-up or slow-cooked meats
  • Spreads or dips, as long as they’re smooth.

Don’t: Ramp the Heat Too High

Having established that dentures and heat are not a good mix, it should be no surprise that hot foods and drinks are also not the best idea. Like many of the sticky, hard or gummy foods listed, sustenance coming in hot can loosen your dentures — having a more significant potential for damage the longer they’re in your mouth. While we’re not banning tea or coffee, we advise you to set the kettle just below the boil — or give your drink a moment to cool. Furthermore, wearing dentures can dampen heat sensitivity in the mouth. To avoid burning your tongue or mouth, we recommend holding the hot food or drink against your lips before consuming it.

Do: Take Small Bites

When you start something new, you should usually take baby steps. Similarly, when starting with dentures, you should take nibbles or smaller bites. Not only will this feel more comfortable, but it can also help you avoid choking.

Don’t: Rush

If you’ve ever heard of mindful eating, this is more or less what we’re recommending. While savouring every bite aids mindfulness and digestion, taking it slow can also smoothen the transition into your new dentures

Do: Use Denture Adhesive

While this is not compulsory, it’s an excellent recommendation for those concerned about loosening dentures. For peace of mind, apply denture adhesive to hold your appliance in place as you eat. It also has the bonus of preventing gum sores and irritation.

Don’t: Isolate Chewing to One Side

If you chew on a preferred side of the mouth, now is the time to even things up. When you chew on one side more than the other, you wear down your dentures on that side and risk dislodging them. 

Regular Check-Ups & Maintenance

Dentures are a lifelong commitment. Once you have them, you should see your denturist yearly for regular check-ups and maintenance. What do denturists look out for at these appointments? Let’s check!

1. Changes in Mouth Shape

Your mouth changes over time. Your tissues may shrink, or your bone structure may change. When this happens, your dentures won’t move with the changes — simply because they’re not part of your mouth. Your denturist will need to adjust or reline your dentures so they’re a comfortable fit for your mouth — as it is today.

2. Oral Conditions

As is done at a regular dentist, a full or partial denture dentist will check your mouth for any oral conditions. If they notice anything amiss, they’ll administer or recommend the appropriate treatment as fast as possible.

3. Wear & Tear

Of course, denturists will check your dentures for wear and tear — which is more serious than it sounds. Chipped, cracked or worn-out dentures can alter fit or bite, leading to sores or gum inflammation. Moreover, ill-fitting dentures can compromise your ability to speak or chew, as well as your facial appearance.

4. Plaque & Staining

Your denturist will also look out for unsightly plaque or stains — which they’ll endeavour to remove with the annual deep clean. Not only will this clean preserve the appearance of your dentures, but it will also help you with your oral hygiene.

For Ultimate (Direct) Denture Care

Now you know how to preserve the quality and appearance of your dentures, it’s time to book your check-up with a denturist who gets it. At Direct Denture Care, we fit the finest partial and full dentures Perth has to offer. From creating customised appliances from scratch to providing sameday denture repair, we do what we can to ensure you get the most out of your set of pearly whites. Book your appointment at Direct Denture Care, whether you’re at the beginning of your journey or you’re due for a check-up or reline. We’ll set your smile straight and set you back on track!

How To Choose the Best Partial Dentures for Your Needs & Budget

False teeth are not all-or-nothing. While many envision dentures in their full, traditional form, there actually are alternatives that accommodate those who’ve only lost some — and not all — of their teeth. These are called partial dentures, and they’re tailored to fit unique mouth shapes and dental gaps. 

If you’ve decided that partial dentures are the right solution for you, it’s time to do your research. In this blog post, you will find out how to compare different materials, costs, and options for partial dentures, and what to expect from the fitting process.

What Are Partial Dentures?

Before we dive into the differences between  — and similarities of — each denture, let’s establish a clear picture of a partial denture. As alluded to earlier, partial dentures are dental appliances containing prosthetic teeth, but not enough to complete an entire row. Like full dentures, partial dentures are customised to the mouth, but they take the customisation process a step further by omitting teeth from the prosthesis. They are a great solution for patients who have too many teeth missing to justify dental implants — which are $1,500 a pop — and too many teeth remaining to undergo All-On-4 treatment. Of course, each case is different, and all patients are free to review their options with a professional, there’s also no denying that dentures are the least invasive and most cost-effective option.

Partial dentures consist of two parts: a gum-coloured base to wear over — and blend into — the gum, and the prosthetic teeth themselves. Here are the reasons why patients may opt for partial dentures:


Missing teeth never flatters the face. Partial dentures will fill in the blanks of a gap-toothed grin.


Of course, missing teeth also compromise chewing ability. With partial dentures, patients can enjoy eating as they did before their tooth loss: without complication.

Orthodontic Correction

Teeth sometimes rely on other teeth for support. So, when you lose a supporting tooth, this may set the remaining tooth adrift, compromising your occlusion (bite). However, when you fill the gaps with prosthetics, the natural teeth will receive the stability they need, remaining in place. In other words, partial dentures resolve this orthodontic issue.

Full Denture Support

Some patients may wear a full denture along one arch but have some natural teeth remaining on the other. In cases such as these, your dental prosthetist may recommend wearing a partial denture to support the full one. Of course, each partial denture will have pros and cons depending on what you need from it. Your dental prosthetist will walk you through your options and make recommendations accordingly.

Selecting a Material

Once you’ve decided that partial dentures are the option you want to go with, you’ll need to choose between different characteristics. Materials is a great place to start.


Perhaps the most cost-effective material, acrylic is best for patients who’ve lost a significant amount of teeth or those who may require teeth extraction down the line. This is because acrylic dentures are the easiest to modify, repair and reline.

Thermoplastic Nylon

With a thermoplastic nylon base, the prosthetic teeth on your denture will slot into the teeth sockets, negating the need for metal retainers. For a similar experience, you can also try a resin retainer, which comes either transparent or tooth-coloured.


Vitallium, a type of cast metal, is safe for oral use. Dentures of this material are the thinnest, smallest and strongest of the lot. If you want the best available support for your remaining teeth, vitallium dentures might be right for you.

Knowing the Costs

As is the case with all dental work or appliances, there’s never a set price. Costs will vary from case to case, especially with partial dentures, as different amounts of false teeth will influence the final cost. That said, once you’ve decided on your material of choice and considered the average amount of false teeth used per partial denture, you can usually establish a ballpark figure, which is as follows:

Partial Denture Costs in Western Australia

The cost of a partial denture will vary depending on the material. In Western Australia, the average cost of a partial acrylic denture falls between $1,100 and $2,800. This is perhaps the cheapest option, as you’ll pay more than double for a nylon partial denture, which averages $4,000 to $8,000. The partial denture with the smallest range in cost, however, is the vitallium variant, which can cost from $1,600 to $2,000.

What To Expect From the Fitting Process

The road to partial dentures has multiple steps. Let’s review what you can expect throughout the fitting process.

Step 1: The Consultation

Before opting for any dental treatment, you almost always begin with a consultation: that initial appointment where you review your options, decide which (if any) you would like, and schedule your next appointment(s) to put the wheels in motion.

Step 2: Making an Impression

For the appliance to fit in your mouth, we need to take an impression of your mouth’s interior, which we’ll use to create a wax mould of your partial dentures. Think of this as the (wax) dummy pair that you need to ‘try on’ to confirm sizing. If the prototype sits and fits well, we’ll model your actual partial dentures off it.

Step 3: Fitting the Real Deal

Once we have your partial dentures ready, we’ll call you in for another fitting. During this appointment, you can confirm if they feel comfortable and secure in your mouth. If not, we’ll commit to making adjustments accordingly.

Step 4: Navigating the Teething Issues

Over the first few weeks, you may experience discomfort or notice that your dentures feel looser than they did at the fitting. If this happens, organise another appointment with us, and we can set you back on course.

Making the Full Commitment to Partial Dentures

Now you know what partial dentures are made of and roughly how much they’ll set you back, it’s time to review your options with one of our dental prosthetists. Yours aren’t the first partial teeth Perth has seen, and they won’t be the last. To initiate your fitting process, book your first consultation with Direct Denture Care. You can call us on (08) 9440 1540, or drop an enquiry with us online via our Contact Us page. 

However partial your prosthesis, a prosthesis from Direct Denture Care will help you have your full smile again.

Can Removable Dentures Meet Your Specific Needs & Preferences?

If you’re considering getting removable dentures, you’ve come to the right place. Direct Denture Care does all things dentures, from denture repairs to providing partial and full dentures in Perth. While removable dentures are a quality dental solution, they may not meet your specific needs and preferences. So, if you’ve got that nagging feeling, you can set your mind to rest. We’re about to shed light on the world’s most well-known dental appliance by addressing those common questions associated with dentures.

What Are the Specific Dental Needs That Removable Dentures Can Address Effectively?

1. Tooth Loss

Perhaps the most obvious dental need that removable dentures address is missing teeth. Whether you need full or partial dentures, this dental appliance will fill a gap-toothed grin or replenish a gummy smile with a whole new set of pearly whites — until you remove it from your mouth, of course.

2. Chewing & Speaking

Teeth assist with speech just as much as they do with chewing. So, if you’ve been struggling to chomp your food or speak with clarity, dentures may be just the restorative solution you need. Goodbye, liquid diet; hello, decipherable consonants!

3. Facial Structure

If you thought speech quality was the sole casualty of tooth loss, think again. Teeth are part of your skeleton, so it should serve as no surprise that losing part of your facial framework can compromise your facial structure. If you want to support those facial muscles, dentures may be a great way to define your profile and prevent sags.

How Can You Customise Removable Dentures To Match Your Individual Preferences & Aesthetic Requirements?

Customising removable dentures should be inherent to the process of getting them. Working with your dentist or denturist, you should specify the following to ensure you get a result tailored to your mouth:

1. Colour, Shape & Size

Work with your dentist or denturist to choose your desired tooth colour and shade. Consider factors such as the natural colour of your remaining teeth, your skin tone and personal preferences. When determining the shape and size of your denture teeth, you should consider factors such as your facial shape, gender and age. When you work in all of the above, the final product — your denture teeth — should blend into your smile and overall demeanour, making for a natural and harmonious appearance.

2. Dental Arrangement & Alignment

Determine the arrangement of the denture teeth. Your dentist or denturist will consider factors like the alignment of natural teeth, spacing and your bite pattern. They’ll also ensure that the front teeth align with your natural facial midline, unlocking a balanced and harmonious smile. Tailoring the dentures to your dental and facial features, your dentist is set to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing arrangement.

3. Gum Colour, Texture & Contour

Customise the colour and texture of the denture gums to mimic the natural appearance of oral tissues. This includes considering variations in gum colour, translucency and surface texture to ensure a lifelike result. You should also discuss the contour and shape of the gum line. The dentist or denturist will work to create a natural-looking transition between the denture base and your gums, paying attention to details such as the curvature of the gum tissue.

4. Photographic Documentation

Some dentists or denturists use photographic documentation during the customisation process. This helps capture details and nuances of your natural smile, aiding in the creation of dentures that closely resemble your original teeth.

Are There Limitations to What Removable Dentures Can Achieve in Terms of Meeting Specific Dental Needs and Preferences?

1. Stability & Chewing Efficiency

Removable dentures may not provide the same stability and chewing efficiency as natural teeth. While advancements in denture technology have improved their function, they may not match the biting force of natural dentition.

2. Bone Resorption

Over time, wearing removable dentures can contribute to bone resorption in the jaw. The pressure applied to the soft tissues during chewing is different from the natural stimulation provided by tooth roots. This can lead to gradual bone loss, affecting the fit of the dentures over time.

3. Speech Changes

Some individuals may experience changes in speech patterns when adapting to removable dentures. Because it can take time to adjust to the presence of the prosthesis, they may notice these speech issues at first — though they should ultimately resolve over time.

4. Aesthetics

While denturists can customise dentures to appear as realistic as possible, there may be limitations to achieving an entirely natural look. Denture aesthetics may not fully replicate the complexity and individuality of natural teeth.

How Do Removable Dentures Compare to Other Tooth Replacement Options, & Under What Circumstances Are They the Best Choice?

The major difference between removable dentures and other tooth replacement options is permanence. While most — if not all — other prosthetics either attach via implant or bonding, dentures are something you can remove at will. Let’s examine the other tooth replacement options and see how dentures compare.

1. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are single artificial teeth, typically made from porcelain, though they can also be made from ceramic, metal or metal alloys, zirconia, composite resin, or a blend of these. Crowns can fill dental gaps, or they can fit over natural teeth — once your dentist has filed down the tooth in question to accommodate the crown. A common choice, crowns are the ideal aesthetic and functional solution for single missing teeth.

They’re typically bonded in place and irremovable, rendering them a more permanent solution. Think of them as stronger and permanent alternatives to partial dentures, which also have more biting power. Of course, if permanent teeth alterations make your teeth chatter, you may prefer to stick with dentures or implants.

2. Dental Implants

In their simplest form, dental implants are titanium screws that stand in for missing tooth roots. A dentist or dental surgeon will attach them to the jawbone while the patient is under anaesthetic. Though the most invasive tooth replacement, implants are by far the most secure. You can get either single implants — where you attach a crown to a single screw — or you can undergo All-on-4 treatment, which calls for four implants and an attaching full-arch prosthesis.

Obviously, the most striking difference between implants and dentures is that you can’t remove the former from your mouth. However high-quality your dentures may be, implants will also give greater biting power due to attaching to the jawbone and essentially stepping in for tooth roots.

3. Dental Bridges

Traditionally consisting of three crowns fused together, dental bridges are an aesthetic — as well as functional — dental solution. Rather than replacing a full arch, they isolate their focus to a specific cluster of teeth — so, in this regard, they’re like the permanent version of a partial denture. While bridges are built to fill a gaping gap with a crown, their namesake derives from the two crowns adjacent to the middle one. These two crowns attach to the two natural teeth that neighbour the dental gap — almost always after your dentist has filed them down to fit the crowns.

An obvious drawback of this tooth replacement is the fact that it calls for your dentist to irreversibly alter your teeth. It’s also more difficult to clean or maintain than dentures, especially considering there are natural teeth beneath the crowns. Of course, if you need a full-arch restoration, bridges do not even compare to dentures. They will have stronger biting power, though.

Overall, dentures are decent stand-ins for natural teeth that should provide adequate biting power and speech correction. They’re the least invasive option, they’re more cost-effective and they’re easier to clean. Other tooth replacements are typically more permanent and have greater biting power, though they can involve surgery and may be more difficult to maintain. The choice of which tooth replacement fits best in your mouth will be a subjective one.

Can You Adapt Removable Dentures to Changing Oral Health Conditions & Evolving Preferences Over Time?

Yes, you can adapt removable dentures to changing oral health conditions and evolving preferences over time. Here are ways in which you can adjust and customise your dentures:

1. Relining

Over time, changes in the shape of the jawbone or gum tissues can occur. Dentures may become loose or uncomfortable. Relining involves adding a new layer of material to the inner surface of the denture to improve the fit. This is a common procedure to address changes in the oral anatomy.

2. Rebasing

If the denture base remains in good condition but the teeth are worn or damaged, a dentist may recommend rebasing. This involves replacing the entire acrylic base while retaining the existing denture teeth. It helps maintain the fit and function of the denture.

3. Adjustments

Regular adjustments to the denture may be necessary to address issues such as sore spots, uneven bite or discomfort. Dentists can make small modifications to improve the fit and comfort of the dentures.

4. Tooth Replacement

If individual denture teeth become damaged or worn, you can replace them without altering the entire denture. This targeted approach allows for the replacement of specific teeth, maintaining the overall functionality of the denture.

5. Cosmetic Enhancements

You can accommodate changes in aesthetic preferences by making cosmetic enhancements to the denture. This may include adjustments to the shape, size or colour of the denture teeth to better align with your evolving preferences.

Direct Denture Care Can Take Care of All Your Denture-Related Needs

Now you know everything there is to know about dentures, it’s time to take action. Whether you require denture repairs or a new set of prosthetic teeth, we have the best partial and full dentures Perth has to offer. Call Direct Denture Care on (08) 9440 1540 or fill out the online enquiry form on our website. If it’s denture care or repair you need, we’re only a phone call — or click — away. Sink your teeth into your own set of removable dentures today!

How To Find a Professional Dentist for Your Denture Repair?

While dentures are a great solution for compromised or missing teeth, they’re not indestructible and may require a denture repair service on occasion. When the cracks begin to show — or when outright breakage occurs — it’s more advisable to find a professional dentist for denture repair rather than to try your own hand at it. If you’re seeking a dental professional whose niche is repairing dentures in Perth, you may be wondering what to look out for when preparing for your denture repair appointment. In this blog post, we’ll break down how to choose a qualified and experienced dentist for your denture repair.

The Significance of a Qualified Dentist or Denturist

If you’re contemplating buying a denture repair kit so that you can fix your falsies at home, think again. Without the expertise of a professional, you run the risk of bending metal attachments out of alignment or causing other irreversible damage. Remember, if you’re seeing a dentist for denture repair, this won’t be their first rodeo. They’ll have the art of repairing dentures in Perth down to a science, knowing not only how to fix them, but also what caused the damage in the first place. Dentists and denturists can provide advice about better denture care and maintenance, as well as better oral hygiene practices. This can help you avoid denture damage in the future.

Seeking Recommendations From Trusted Sources

Once you’ve decided to find a dentist for denture repair, you may be wondering how to obtain recommendations and which sources you can trust. As you would before making any new purchase or signing up for any service, you can conduct research online or in real life. Here are some fonts of information that can guide you in the right direction:

1. Friends, Family & Colleagues

If you’re looking for trusted sources, your nearest and dearest are a great place to start. Ask a trusted friend, family member, or colleague if they know of any reputable dentists or have any denturist recommendations. Word of mouth can uncover some hidden gems!

2. Online Reviews

As helpful as real-life recommendations can be, leveraging online resources can be a great next step for your search. Check for patient reviews on Google — or on websites such as Word Of Mouth or WhatClinic — to get an overall impression of what everyone’s saying.

3. Your Dentist

If you see a regular dentist, you should ask them for a recommendation for denture repair. As a part of the dental community, they may know a reputable denturist or — even better — be able to provide a denture repair service themselves.

Taking Things a Step Further

If the advice of friends, strangers online, or a trusted dental professional do not suffice, you also have the option to take things a step further. To leave no stone unturned, you can zoom in on each prospective prosthetist by carrying out the following research methods:

1. Assessing Qualifications and Experience

On a denturist’s website, check if there’s information about their qualifications or years of industry experience. If you want to verify any credentials, you can either follow up with your local authorities or search the denturist in question on the Dental Board of Australia.

2. Scheduling a Consultation: Evaluating Dentists in Person

Alternatively, you could acquire the information straight from the horse’s mouth. Most dental professionals are more than happy to meet prospective patients in person. At your consultation, you can discuss your needs, clarify the denturist’s credentials, assess the condition of the practice, and get an overall vibe.

3. Insurance and Cost Considerations

Because dentists assess cost on a case-by-case basis, it can be difficult to determine how much a single treatment will be. A quick Google search will shed little light — or give ballpark figures if you’re lucky. The only way to know how much your denture repair will cost is if you present your unique case to a denturist, who can give an informed estimation based on the extent of the damage and the types of materials and methods required for the fix. Not all clinics will accept all forms of private or dental insurance, either, so you’ll need to ensure that your clinic of choice accepts any insurance you wish to subsidise your payment with.

Consider Direct Denture Care

If you’re looking for a reputable denture repair service, look no further than Direct Denture Care. Whether you found us by seeking recommendations from trusted sources or by leveraging online resources for a thorough examination, your search stops here. Take a look around our website and you’ll find our web pages laden with customer service credentials, as well as a wealth of private health insurance name-drops — all of which we accept. Head on over to our gallery and you’ll find jaw-dropping before-and-after snaps — each of which speaks a thousand words to the quality of our denture repair services.

If you want to chat more about your dental needs or insurance and cost considerations, scheduling a consultation and evaluating our dentists in person may be your next step. Get in touch with Direct Denture Care and learn why repairing dentures in Perth is what we’re renowned for.

Finding the Right Denture Solution For You

Whether you’re seeking denture repairs or you’re new to the denture game, finding a denture solution that feels right for you is certainly easier said than done. You need to take a number of factors into account, and consider the numerous positives and negatives associated with each possible option.

It can be overwhelming and hard to know where to begin—especially if you haven’t had a lot of dental issues in the past. Denture solutions can involve timely preparation, surgery, ongoing maintenance and multiple denture repairs, depending on the specifics of your situation.

Fortunately, if you know exactly what you want from your denture solution, you should be able to pinpoint the best choice for you with a little bit of research and, of course, professional advice.

What Are Dentures?

If we are lucky enough to grow old, our natural teeth will eventually fail—even if we take perfect care of them. From decay to injury-related damage, there are many reasons why our teeth might not look or function as they once did. When this happens, dentures offer us a solution. These are man-made appliances that restore the ability to speak, eat, look and function as we did with natural teeth. They are also custom-made, meaning that they are specifically crafted for your individual needs and situation by a team of highly skilled professionals.

How Do I Choose the Right Dentures?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a dental denture. You will need to think about the cost involved, the ongoing maintenance that may be required, and the specifics of your situation and needs. Your dentist will be able to provide you with insight into a lot of these considerations, but it can also help to do your own research ahead of time.

Traditional Dentures

Perhaps the most obvious option to consider is the traditional denture—the kind you’ve probably seen in cartoons, soaking in a glass on a bedside table. These are a great option, but not a fixed or permanent solution. The fact that they are removable might make them the best solution for some, but for others, this particular option isn’t ideal.

For example, people with decreased amounts of healthy gum tissue and jawbone structure will probably have a better experience with a different dental solution, as dentures can sometimes cause bone loss in the jawbone. If you’re uncertain about this, you can always talk to your dentist, and they’ll be able to determine whether your mouth is suitable for traditional dentures.

It’s also worth noting that, over time, your gums will change, and your dentures will have to be replaced or adjusted accordingly. Denture adjustments and relines will mean further trips to the dentist, which is a problem for some. Dentures will additionally require regular cleaning to prevent a harmful build-up of debris and bacteria.

As a result, you might need specialised cleaning products and tools to keep your dentures in good condition. Among the most important of these products is the denture solution, which removes stains, bacteria and food particles from dentures. Denture solution comes in liquid or tablet form and is often used for soaking dentures to keep them clean and odour-free.

Full Upper Denture

Full upper dentures are exactly what they sound like: removable dental appliances designed to replace all of the natural teeth in the upper dental arch. These dentures are kept in place by suction, covering the upper palate, so they’re a great option if you struggle to hold full dentures in your mouth.

Upper dentures are crafted from natural-looking, gum-coloured acrylic of grades that will vary by the construction process. They feature an artificial set of teeth made from materials like porcelain or acrylic or a combination of both. They are also a great solution if you have very sensitive teeth.

Full Lower Denture

Full lower dentures are essentially the same as upper dentures, only they’re made for the lower dental arch. If you wear these dentures, your gums and muscles help to keep them in place. While plenty of people will have no issue with this, some find it difficult to consistently retain a full lower denture in their mouth. If this is the case for you, it may be worth exploring implant-retained dentures instead.

Partial Dentures

Unlike full dentures, which replace an entire arch of teeth, partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain in the oral cavity. These dentures consist of a framework made of metal or acrylic, which supports artificial teeth that match the patient’s natural ones.

These artificial teeth are attached to the framework and are carefully positioned to fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Partial dentures are held in place using clasps or connectors that attach to the patient’s natural teeth, ensuring stability and preventing movement during chewing or speaking.

Depending on how many missing teeth you need to replace, there are several types of partial dentures to choose from. As with the full dentures, you have control over how high-quality your artificial teeth will be. Obviously your financial situation will affect which type of partial denture you go for, but even the cheaper options are highly effective and very popular.

Immediate Dentures

Unlike conventional dentures, which are placed weeks after tooth extraction, immediate dentures are ready to be inserted immediately following tooth extraction. Dentists achieve this by performing preliminary work in advance of tooth extractions, taking impressions and crafting new dentures so that they’re ready for immediate fitting.

Immediate dentures mean you don’t have to go without teeth during the healing period. They can even assist the healing period, and help adjust the mouth and gum tissue.

Implant Overdentures

An implant overdenture is a type of full denture that combines dental implants with removable dentures to restore missing teeth. This denture is attached to the dental implants, which are surgically anchored into the jawbone. This alternative to regular dentures allows for enhanced stability and support, as it is firmly fixed in place and does not shift or slip.

The wearer can therefore enjoy improved chewing efficiency, speech clarity and comfort. Overall, implant dentures are a reliable and long-lasting solution that offers the wearer a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.

The Importance of Finding the Right Denturist

While reading up on different types of dentures is a great way to understand your options, advice from a professional is best. Your denturist can explain the different possibilities in further detail and give you a better idea of what might work best for you. This knowledge will help you to feel more confident and relaxed in making your decision.

If you’re looking for a denturist, it’s important that you find a professional who makes you feel heard. You need to be able to speak honestly about your oral habits and condition, communicating any pain or concerns you may be feeling.

The friendly denturists at Direct Denture Care in Perth have the passion and experience necessary to help you feel confident in your dentures. Specialising in denture solutions, we understand the complexities of smile restoration better than anybody. To learn more about our denture installation and repair services, call us today!

When to Consider Denture Relining: Signs, Solutions & Smile Enhancement?

If you wear dentures, they’re going to require an adjustment at some stage throughout their life. However meticulous your home dental routine is, it’s no match for the march of time, which will bend your smile to different shapes at its will. As your mouth morphs and shifts shapes, your dentures may develop gaps and bumps, rendering them an ill fit for your gums. The answer is not to purchase a new set of dentures but to reline your existing pair.

What Is Denture Relining?

Denture relining is a process whereby your dental prosthetist will provide adjustment and reshaping to your dentures to ensure a better fit. You can choose either soft or hard relining, the former of which uses a softer silicone material (ideal for older patients or those with thin or sensitive gums) while the latter utilises a more durable acrylic akin to the original material of your dentures. In most cases, denture relining is a same-day procedure. That said, opting for hard relining can involve sending a dental impression to a laboratory, which can extend your waiting duration to a full day or longer.

Why Is Denture Relining Important?

In a nutshell, denture relining is important because it ensures your dentures are a comfortable fit for your gums and mouth. Having this adjustment done on your dentures will bring about a host of other benefits, too, including:

1. Clear Speech

Did you know that dental and orthodontic misalignment can affect speech quality? With dentures that match the shape of your mouth, you can avoid the slurs, lisps, and other speech impediments that often come part and parcel with misaligned teeth or ill-fitting false teeth.

2. Ease of Eating

Of course, it goes without saying that eating will be so much easier without your dentures detaching from your gums and sliding around in your mouth.

3. Longer Denture Lifespan

If your dentures aren’t sitting right, you’ll be directing all your biting power to a specific spot. This places stress on the dentures, which often leads to premature breakage. A denture relines every few years is key to getting more bite for your buck.

4. Oral Hygiene

An ill-fitting pair of dentures makes for more gaps between your mouth tissue and the base of the dentures. These become cosy caverns for food particles to catch and bacteria to grow. Once this happens, you’ve laid the groundwork for bad breath and oral infections. Reline your dentures when necessary to keep your oral hygiene in check.

How Do I Know If My Dentures Need to Be Relined?

If your dentures bring you daily pain, that’s a sign you needed an adjustment yesterday. Rather than leaving your reline until too late, pay attention to your dentures and keep an eye out for the following signs:

1. Trapped Food Particles

As discussed, ill-fitting dentures will often form gaps between their base and your gums. If you’re finding that food particles get trapped in those gaps, that’s a sign you need a reline.

2. Issues With Gum Tissues

Got discomfort, infections, inflammation or sores throughout your mouth and along your gum tissue? That’s your sign to adjust your dentures.

3. Instability Triggered by Micromovements

If your dentures are rocking around or loosening when you so much as speak, chew, or laugh, you need to reline them as soon as possible.

4. Two Years Having Gone By

Obviously, your dentures are neither clocks nor calendars and will not alert you when two years have elapsed. That said, two years having gone by is a sign it’s time to reline, even in the absence of other symptoms. Think of relining as a routine checkup, like getting your eyes tested.

Can I Do a Denture Reline at Home or Should I Visit a Dentist?

Although DIY denture relining products exist, professionals advise against using them. To reline your dentures at home is to forgo the expert touches and long-lasting results of a professional adjustment. To fit your dentures into your mouth with zero issues, book your appointment with Direct Denture Care in Perth. As expert denture prosthetists, we’ll make your dentures perfect for your mouth.

Let’s not sugar-coat it: dentures were not designed with receding gums in mind. Ideally, dentures will slot in the mouth supported by a set of healthy gums. If your gums have shrunk back on themselves, false teeth fittings will be more complicated, though certainly still doable. That said, if you’re experiencing gum recession, there’s likely something else at play that you should deal with first.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the relationship between dentures and receding gums, as well as how to resolve the issues born from these less-than-compatible parties coming together. But before we get into the crux of it, let’s address the most pressing question related to this topic.

Can Dentures Be Fitted to Receding Gums?

As mentioned above, dentists can fit dentures to receding gums, but they’ll need to either a) ensure that the gums will support the dentures or b) make up the difference if they don’t. You need to have a stable base upon which to place the dentures, or else the false teeth may fail to fit or function as they should. Moreover, false teeth sans a secure base can lead to an unstable bite, discomfort and even issues with speech. So, when are dentures not an option? When you’ve yet to resolve your receding gums. Only when you address and treat the issue behind it should you investigate denture options.

What Has Caused the Gums To Recede?

If you’re experiencing gum recession, a number of things may have caused it. Some causes can include abrasive brushing, dental trauma, dental misalignment, tobacco usage or even lip or tongue piercings. However, the most likely culprit is some form of gum disease like gingivitis—or, more critically, periodontal disease (aka periodontitis).

Periodontitis is essentially gingivitis’s second stage if it goes left untreated. As the name may suggest, gingivitis is inflammation of the gingiva: the portion of the gum that sits at the base of the teeth. Periodontitis occurs when this inflammation spreads to the periodontium—the soft tissue and bone that anchors teeth in place—and causes damage to it. If you’re noticing loose teeth in addition to your receding gums, chances are you’re dealing with periodontitis. You’ll need to treat this disease immediately to prevent further tooth loss.

Treating Periodontitis

Luckily for you, there is a range of treatments available for periodontal disease. The most obvious preventative treatment is to keep a healthy home care routine, which consists of brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day. If you visit your dentist, they may be able to help you with a scale or root plane, the former of which will remove bacteria or tartar from the teeth’s surface and below the gumline, and the latter of which will provide a deeper clean by reaching the roots’ surfaces. If neither of these treatments do the trick, you may need to look into antibiotics or surgery.

Surgical treatments for periodontitis include flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration, and applying tissue-stimulating proteins to diseased tooth roots. All of the above treatments involve altering either bone or tissue in such a way that will discourage further periodontal progression. All going well, periodontal disease should resolve following nonsurgical treatments; that said, we would encourage you to take all steps necessary to rid yourself of this advanced gum disease.

How Much Gum Is Left?

However much gum you have remaining will depend on your unique situation. If you have enough gum to support a set of dentures, you’ll be golden. If your gums fall short, you’ll need an alternative solution. Before investigating denture options, you should seek an assessment from your dentist. In any case, you will need to resolve any gum disease you’re experiencing before you can even contemplate this step.

What Happens if You Don’t Have Enough Gum for Dentures?

If you don’t have enough gum for dentures, there are ways around it. Consider some of these options.

Dental Implants

Rather than opting for dentures, why not go the whole hog and get dental implants?

Unlike removable dentures, these false teeth never leave your mouth as they’re rooted into the jawbone via titanium screws. This can be a great solution if you’ve sustained bone damage due to periodontitis.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Alternatively, you can invest in implant-supported dentures, whereby the titanium screws are rooted into the dentures themselves rather than your actual jaw. Securing your false teeth with screws can provide the biting power and support where your receding gums fall short.

Partial Dentures

Though they appear gap-toothed outside the mouth, partial dentures can be a good solution for those who need only to replace a few teeth rather than a full arch. As well as fitting the mouth better, partial dentures can also be a suitable solution for those with receding gums as they tend to rely less on gum support.

That said, partial dentures can also cause further problems if not managed correctly. If you’re noticing gum irritation, this may be due to the positioning of the denture hooks. If the issue persists following a hook readjustment from your dentist, gum grafting may be a better—albeit more invasive—solution.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting may sound scary, but it’s less daunting than you may think. The procedure is simple: the dentist will extract a healthy piece of tissue from your gums or the roof of your mouth and then graft it onto the receding gum. After a one- or two-week recovery period, your gums will ideally be recession-free and fit for regular dentures. As always, though, be sure to get your dentist to check this off before proceeding with denture treatments.

Put an End to Gum Recession & Get Fitted

Once you’ve come out the other side of gum recession, you’ll know where to find us. At Direct Denture Care, we offer the greatest selection of dentures in Perth—full, partial, and immediate—as well denture repair services. If these are the false teeth you seek, make your appointment with us and before you know it, you’ll have a full set of teeth again. Who said gum recession had to hold you back?

Get Your Dentures Sparkling Clean With These Easy Tips!

If you’ve been wearing dentures for a while, it’s possible you’ve sustained a little staining. This is the wear and tear that comes part and parcel with teeth ownership, be they artificial or natural.

While a little discolouration is inevitable, the issue arises when the staining becomes unsightly, and you find yourself wondering, ‘how do you get brown stains off of dentures?’. If this is the level you’re at, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post. We’re about to break into some tips for getting your dentures looking not only stain-free, but also sparkling!

How to Clean Badly Stained False Teeth?

Much like dentures themselves, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule for denture cleaning. Oftentimes, the advice will depend on the type of stain at hand. Of course, the most common advice to avoid dental staining is to abstain from dark beverages like coffee, tea and cola, but this isn’t always practical. We’re all human and we all have our vices.

If you’re at the stage where you’re wondering how to clean badly stained false teeth, chances are you’re seeking ways to undo damage rather than prevent it. So, here are our pointers for removing ‘black and grainèd spots’ that seemingly ‘will not leave their tinct’.

Step 1: Remove & Rinse Your Dentures

Take your removable dentures from your mouth and rinse them beneath running water. This should dislodge any loose food particles or remove liquid residue. Alternatively, you may wish to prepare a sink full of water to ensure you don’t drop and break your dentures as you rinse them.

Pro tip: if you’ve just consumed coffee, it’s best to rinse the removable dentures sooner rather than later. The longer the contact time between coffee and dentures, the more ingrained the stain will become.

Step 2: Brush Your (False) Teeth

Regardless of whether you’re removing stains or not, brushing at least once per day is critical to denture cleaning. You should maintain your dentures as you would natural teeth, with one critical exception: ensure your teeth-cleaning equipment is false-teeth-friendly.

This means you should use a non-abrasive toothpaste, denture paste or denture cleanser in conjunction with a soft-bristled or denture toothbrush.

Step 3: Soak Your Dentures Overnight

Once you’ve taken your removable dentures out at night, you should soak them in a false-teeth-friendly solution. And if you’re wondering, ‘what should I soak my dentures in at night?’, liquids on the whitelist include denture bleach, vinegar and baking soda.

Alternatively, you can apply fast-acting cleansers first before placing your dentures in unadulterated water, but you should ensure to read any instructions on the cleanser’s pack prior to doing so. In the case of partial dentures, you should also double-check that the cleaning solution is partial-safe.

Step 4: Rinse & Repeat Step 1

Before putting your dentures in your mouth in the morning, give them one last thorough rinse with water.

Step 5: Rinse & Repeat Steps 1–4

Repeat all of the above every day until the stains go away.

If you’ve rinsed and repeated the process over many days and you’re still not seeing results, you may require professional dental intervention. In this case, you should book an appointment with your dentist, who should have the medical equipment or resources available to scrub your dentures’ surfaces of stains.

How to Keep Your Dentures Clean?

Whether you want to prevent the above from happening again or are interested in general denture maintenance, here are our top tips for keeping dentures sparkling clean!

1. Brush Your (False) Teeth Morning & Night

Dentists will parrot this advice to anyone who has teeth, regardless of whether they’re natural or artificial: brush your teeth at least twice per day! In the case of dentures, it’s especially important to brush them before bed so they’ll be pristine for their idle time overnight.

2. Brush After Eating

If possible, brush your dentures whenever you eat as this is the best way to remove food particles. At a minimum, strive to do so after consuming staining or sticky foods.

3. Rinse, Rinse, Rinse

On the other hand, brushing after every instance of eating is impractical. Even if it’s all you can muster, a quick rinse between snacks or meals can work wonders and leave you feeling fresher.

4. Use a Denture Cleaner Rather Than Regular Toothpaste

We touched on this earlier, but you’ll need a denture cleaner rather than regular toothpaste. As similar as they may look, dentures and natural teeth do not share the same material, and so you’ll need a specific cleaner that brings out the best and brightest in your denture, as well as takes out the sedimentary nasties.

5. Soak Your Dentures Overnight

If you read this and you’re wondering, ‘what should I soak my dentures in at night?’, water will usually do the trick. Place your dentures in a clear glass so you can stay privy to any spots or sediments you may have missed while brushing. If you’ve sustained some stains or want to keep things a touch fresher, add a denture cleaning solution to the glass.

6. See Your Denture Prosthetist on the Regular

Just as you should see any specialist on the regular, you should visit your denture prosthetist often for professional advice regarding denture maintenance. Advice can vary between full and partial dentures, so it’s best to stay on top of it all with professional insights.

7. Clean Your Mouth Often

Again, this advice applies to everyone, regardless of whether you have natural or artificial teeth: use mouthwash often to kill bacteria, dislodge food particles and remove smells. Ask your denture prosthetists for advice on the best technique to use.

8. Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

While firm or electric toothbrushes work wonders for natural teeth, they’re too abrasive for dentures, which are more fragile—especially if they’re porcelain. Accordingly, you should brush using a soft toothbrush, which will prove adequate in preserving surface shine and texture.

9. Avoid Hot Water

In any other situation, hot water would be the go-to for deep cleaning. In the case of denture cleaning, however, hot water is the enemy that wreaks havoc on the delicate structure of your custom-made dentures. Rather, you should clean your dentures in warm water using a soft brush.

10. Sterilise Your Teeth-Cleaning Tools

As well as cleaning your toothbrush between cleans, you should also sterilise your toothbrush and the glass you keep by the bed. Consider sterilising the areas in which you keep your equipment too, including the locations to which you travel.

How to Store Dentures?

Before we wrap things up, let’s review how to store your dentures. Admittedly, we have largely covered this, but when you’re not storing them in a glass, we recommend storing them in a cool, dry place away from children and pets. You should also keep them away from heat sources as this can deform their custom-made shape. If you’re traveling, it’s best to bring all your equipment with you, but if this isn’t possible, you can also store your dentures in a zip-locked bag. Just ensure to rinse them thoroughly again before use!

Visit Direct Denture Care for All Your Denture Needs

At Direct Denture Care, we are masters of false teeth, but there’s nothing artificial about our customer service. Our expertise in full and partial denture care is expansive and we want to help you get the most out of your acrylic—or porcelain—pearly whites. Give Direct Denture Care a call if you’re overdue for a checkup or if you have any denture-related enquiries. How can we assist you today?


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