Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Whether you have partial or complete dentures, daily care and cleaning are vital to keeping your smile healthy. Consider how the following tips can improve your denture care.
Dentures are fragile—so handle with care. When removing or cleaning your dentures, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water, so if you drop them, the landing is soft.
Clean Dentures Daily
You need to clean your dentures on a daily basis, but never with toothpaste! Toothpaste is abrasive and can force grooves into the dentures where food and plaque will get stuck. Just like natural teeth, your dentures can be brushed daily to remove food particles. Regular brushing will also help diminish stains. Select a toothbrush for sensitive teeth that is specifically made to care for dentures. Do not use a hard bristled brush, as this can wear down and cause damage to dentures. While cleaning, softly brush all surfaces and be mindful of the plastic and attachments. Be sure you rinse your dentures every time you eat throughout the day.
Use a Denture Cleaner
Hand soap and even mild dishwashing soap may be used to clean your dentures. To be sure you are using an approved soap or cleaning agent, check with your dentist. Many household cleaners and toothpaste are far too rough on dentures and should not be used to clean them. Do not use bleach, as it can whiten the pink area of dentures. You may use an ultrasonic cleaner to help dislodge and remove bacteria and deposits. If you use an ultrasonic cleaner, you still need to thoroughly brush your dentures daily.
Take Care of Your Dentures
To help dentures maintain their shape, they need to remain moist so as not to lose their shape. When you are not wearing your dentures, they must be soaked in a denture cleansing solution or water. If your dentures have metal attachments, you may need to use another method. Ask your dentist what they recommend for your specific situation.