Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and if you have dentures, keeping them clean and well-maintained is essential for your comfort and confidence. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need to care for your dentures properly and ensure they last for a long time.
Types of Dentures
- Complete dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both.
- Partial dentures: These replace just a few missing teeth and typically attach to existing teeth with clasps or precision attachments.
Daily Denture Cleaning
Here are some steps to follow when cleaning your dentures:
- Remove your dentures from your mouth after eating and rinse them under running water to remove any food debris and loose particles.
- Be gentle when handling your dentures during cleaning to avoid bending the plastic or damaging the clasps.
- Brush the dentures using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive denture cleanser or mild soap. This will help remove food, plaque, and other deposits from the denture surfaces.
- Rinse your dentures thoroughly under water after brushing to remove any cleanser residue.
Remember, using toothpaste on your dentures is not advisable, as toothpaste can be abrasive and may scratch the denture surface, making them more susceptible to staining and bacteria buildup.
Denture Soaking Solutions
Caring for Natural Teeth and Mouth
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your natural teeth, taking care to brush along the gum line and on the chewing surfaces.
- Use a soft toothbrush or gauze to gently clean your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. This will help remove food debris, bacteria, and denture adhesive residue.
- Maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure the overall health of your teeth and gums.
Denture Adhesive Removal
Dentist Check-ups and Adjustments
Tips for Avoiding Denture Damage and Discomfort
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning materials, strong cleansers, or harsh toothpaste on your dentures.
- Do not use whitening toothpaste or bleach-containing products, as they can damage or discolor your dentures.
- Avoid soaking dentures in boiling water, as it can warp their shape.
- Place a towel in the sink or on the counter while cleaning your dentures to help prevent damage if you accidentally drop them.