Partial and complete dentures need regular cleaning just like natural teeth do. If you fail to do daily cleaning, tartar and plaque will build up on the dentures and result in bad breath, stains and gum problems. The plaque that accumulates on the dentures can also, with time, cause cavities and other gum diseases.
Below are some tips that will help you take better care of your dentures. They are simple and direct.
Remove dentures when you sleep and soak them
When you go to sleep, it is important that you remove your dentures and soak them in tepid water or better still, in a denture soak product recommended by an Ottawa denturist. Doing so will help protect your dentures from drying out and warping. This, in turn, will ensure that your dentures remain moist and retain their shape.
When using denture cleaners, even the kind recommended by an Ottawa denturist, you should have it in the back of your mind that some contain harmful chemicals. As such, after every night of soaking, be sure to rinse the dentures thoroughly before wearing them again.
Never use hot water to soak the denture.
Brush and clean the dentures regularly
To clean the dentures properly, you should first remove them from your mouth. Next, place the dentures under running tap water to rinse off food particles that may have stuck to it. Next, apply some denture cleaner using a regular brush (with soft bristles), or a dental brush.
Some individuals recommend using household cleaners or even regular toothpaste to clean dentures. However, you should not make this mistake. Why? They may be too abrasive.
While brushing and cleaning your dentures, you should be careful not to bend the attachments or damage the acrylics. Be gentle on the denture surface and pay extra attention to the area under the clasp as this is where debris tends to collect. Rinse the dentures thoroughly in some clean water before placing them in your mouth.
Brush your tongue and gums
Every time you clean the dentures, you should proceed to clean your tongue and your gums. You should use a soft bristled brush for this. This will help to get rid of any and all food particles that may be trapped under the dentures. It is also important to gently massage the gums using your index finger to increase the blood circulation as well as promote healthier gums.
Protect dentures from breaking when cleaning
Dentures are susceptible to breakage if dropped on hard surfaces or when they are pressed too tight. As such, it is imperative that you handle the dentures with the utmost care. To do this, you should stand over a folded towel, or better still, over a sink filled with water when cleaning the dentures. This will reduce the chances of breaking your dentures in the event they slip from your hand.
Even dentures that are cleaned thoroughly and regularly will eventually develop cracks and chips, plaque buildup and have problems with the fitting. For this reason, you should visit a denture clinic in Ottawa once every year for a check-up. Dentures are created to last for about 6 years. However, longevity varies from individual to individual.
Lastly, always choose the best denture clinic for the best results.