Taking Care of Your Dentures
What exactly are dentures?
Total dentures are used to replace teeth that have been lost due to periodontal disease, tooth loss, or injury. A denture supports the facial muscles and allows patients to eat and talk normally. Can Dentures Be Put in Permanently?
Holding Your Dentures in Good Condition
Dentures are very fragile, so always work with them over a folded towel or a basin of water. Keep them out of the hands of children and pets in a secure location.
The Appropriate Toothbrush
Dentures, like natural teeth, need regular brushing to extract food deposits and plaque. This also aids in the prevention of permanent staining of dentures, as well as the overall protection of your teeth. Clean your teeth with a denture toothbrush or a normal toothbrush with soft bristles. Dentures may be damaged by hard-bristle brushes.
Cleaners for the House
Denture wearers should clean their dentures with hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Using liquid household cleaners instead of powdered cleaners, which can be too abrasive. You should also stop using bleach, as it can bleach the pink portion of the denture. If you use a denture cleaner, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, which indicates that it has been tested for protection and effectiveness.
Keeping Your Dentures Clean
Remove any loose food particles that might have remained on the dentures by rinsing them off. Before using the denture cleaner, moisten the denture or a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to brush every surface because bacteria and plaque can develop if you don’t. Scrub the dentures gently to prevent damaging them.
Maintaining Their Shape
If your dentures dry out, they will lose their shape. When your dentures aren’t being worn, soak them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water to prevent them from drying out. If you soak your dentures in hot water, they will warp.