Getting dentures can make you feel more confident in your smile. However, dentures require maintenance and careful handling. In many ways, they actually require more care than natural teeth.
We’ve put together some tips to help you look after your dentures:
Prevent damage: Dentures can break very easily – even if only dropped from a few inches. We recommend cleaning your dentures over a folded towel, as this provides a soft surface should you accidentally drop them.
Be gentle when cleaning: Your dentures need to be cleaned every day. They should be scrubbed gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a specific denture cleaner or a mild soap. If you are aggressive when cleaning your dentures, you could damage or bend the metal clasps, or other parts of the denture.
Soak your dentures overnight: In order to keep their shape, most dentures need to remain moist. For best results, soak your denture in water or mild denture solution overnight. Sometimes, your dentist may give more specific recommendations for soaking.
Be picky with your products: There are a lot of denture-related products on the market, and you should choose wisely. You may think that an abrasive cleaner or a whitening toothpaste is the best to keep your dentures sparkly clean, but actually these can be abrasive enough to damage your dentures. Similarly, soaking your denture in bleach can cause the pink part of the denture to turn white, and placing the denture in water that is too hot can cause the plastic to bend and warp.
Don’t attempt at-home repairs: It is routine that dentures need adjustment by a dentist to avoid any problems and to ensure that you enjoy a comfortable fit. Avoid trying to do these adjustments yourself at home. More than likely, this will damage your denture. You may read that it is easy to repair a cracked denture with glue from a hardware store. This is a particularly bad idea, and these glues contain harsh chemicals that are not suitable for the mouth.
Brush your mouth, not just your teeth: To have good oral hygiene and to avoid getting irritations not infections, brush your mouth as well. We recommend brushing the gums, the palate, the tongue, and any remaining teeth. This will help to stimulate blood flow to the soft tissue areas of your mouth, and to promote good overall dental hygiene.
If you would like more information on how to care for your dentures, book in an appointment with your local dentist!