Tips on How to Maintain Dentures:
Dentures can become an easy way of life when you follow these tips and ensure proper caring for your dentures.
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to distort.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- Preferably do not wear dentures at night. The gum tissue needs to rest and to allow normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva in order to promote better long term health of your gums.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, and crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can damage them beyond repair. In case of irritation/ulceration, call your dentist immediately.
What to use to clean your Dentures?
Use a soft bristled toothbrush with denture cleaning solution or mild soap solution. It is not advised to use tooth paste for the dentures as they may contain abrasive materials that will wear out the denture material, which is softer than our natural tooth enamel.
It is also necessary to soak the dentures in regular or mild warm water overnight to retain the moisture in your dentures. If the dentist or the product specifies soaking in any particular solution, it is advisable to follow the same.