Dentures or false teeth, as they are more commonly known, are artificial teeth made from porcelain, metals or acrylic plastic. These removable teeth help people who have lost a tooth or more, maintain their teeth’s aesthetic appearance. This way, they don’t have gaping holes in their mouths from missing teeth. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, they could get a complete denture or a partial denture.
Complete dentures are for patients missing all their teeth, while partial are for those missing one or more. These dentures are often attached to lifelike tissues and often appear real to the unsuspecting eye.
If you are going to be wearing dentures anytime soon or are currently wearing one, it is important to know how to take care of them so they can serve you well for a long time. In this blog post, we’ll show you the most effective denture care tips as well as how you should do it.
These tips and advice come from years of us working with many of our patients and providing them with excellent dentures for their missing teeth. The key to using your dentures for a long time without any infections or problems lies in proper denture care practices.
Cleaning Procedure for Dentures
- Cleaning your dentures on a daily basis is important because it helps keep them infection free. More importantly, it helps ensure that your oral health isn’t compromised in any way
- Cleaning dentures often requires extra care. You’ll have to remove the dentures from your mouth and then clean them using a denture cleanser and a soft bristle brush.
- Don’t use hot water to wash or clean the dentures. This is bound to result in a loss of shape, which in turn means improper fitting in your teeth
- For people with partial dentures, you should remove them before cleaning your natural teeth. Dentures may not respond well to hard brush or harsh/strong toothpastes. So, removing them will be the best option.
- Always leave your dentures in a cleanser or water when you aren’t wearing them.
- When cleaning, hold the dentures between your thumb and forefinger. Be careful not to apply too much pressure.
Maintenance for Dentures
- Dentures are fragile, so, it’s best to always make sure there’s some sort of soft barrier between it and any hard surface. It’s advisable to place a soft towel on a table before removing them to prevent any contact with a hard surface if it mistakenly falls from your hands.
- We would recommend you clean your dentures on a daily basis to prevent any stains or plaque build-up.
- Brushing should be done gently so as to avoid accidentally damaging the bend or plastic.
- Avoid brushing the dentures with hard bristle toothbrushes. This is bound to cause scratches and excessive wearing.
- Be careful about teeth whitening procedures. If you do whiten your teeth, make sure that you don’t do the same to your dentures. Tooth bleaching agents are likely to whiten the pink part of the dentures. For best results, Direct Dental Care can help with your teeth whitening and bleaching whilst leaving all client dentures intact.
- If you want, you can use an ultrasonic cleaner to get rid of some extra food particles. But it’s not necessary and doesn’t take the place of daily brushing.
- Be careful about dentures that have metal fittings. Our dentists can show you how best to care for these as soaking them in the standard solution can result in the discoloration of the dentures.
- We don’t recommend placing them in hot water as this will cause them to bend or warp.
- Be careful about dentures that clasp.
If you need more guidance, need to repair or replace your dentures, or need work done on your teeth, feel free to get in touch with us at Direct Dental Care on 94401540.