Dentures need to be taken care off, just like regular teeth do. Here’s our top tips for keeping your dentures in tip top shape.
You should clean your dentures in the morning and before going to bed, just as you should with your natural teeth. Some also like to rinse their dentures in cold water after meals, which is a good idea. Again, the same applies to natural teeth; rinsing with water helps remove damaging sugars and acids from your teeth.
How to clean dentures
Firstly, you need to take the dentures out so that you can get into all nooks and crannies more easily. Gently brush all surfaces with your denture brush and denture paste, or some mild soap and water. This is important because it helps remove food debris and plaque build-up on your dentures.
Clean your dentures over a wash basin half-filled with water or covered with a towel, so that the denture is protected from damage if you accidentally drop them. After cleaning your dentures, you should clean your mouth.
That means brushing and flossing between your natural teeth as normal. If you have complete dentures, you should also make sure that you use a soft toothbrush to gently clean your gums and the roof of your mouth.
After cleaning your dentures before bed, you should leave them out overnight. This lets your gums and mouth get a rest, and will help prevent any fungal infections. Keep your dentures in a cup of clean, cold water or a dry container overnight. Rinse under fresh cold water before putting them in again.
Please note the two things you should not do:
- Don’t use toothpaste on false teeth, as it can often be too abrasive, and end up scratching the dentures.
- Don’t hold complete dentures at both ends because the pressure can cause them to snap in two.
When should I see my dentist?
You still need to see the dentist after having dentures made. Natural aging, sickness and tooth loss are some of the things that can cause your gums and bone levels to change, which can affect how well your dentures fit your mouth.
Ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort, difficulties eating and speaking. Depending on how many adaptations your dentures require, a denture reline may be needed to better suit your current oral condition.
Dentures can be prone to damage and breaking despite being made with premium materials. At Cairns Precision Dental Group, we are prepared to repair dentures as quick as possible so that you can minimise your time without them.
We recommend that you come in for 6-monthly check-ups at Cairns Precision Dental Group – this is the best way for us to discover and treat issues before they become serious problems, and will save you money in the long term.
During our check-ups we can ensure that your dentures are appropriately snug and comfortable against your gums, lips, tongue and remaining teeth. Your dentist will also perform a cancer screening at every check-up visit.
Interested in a dentist check-up for your dentures? You can book an appointment with us by calling our friendly receptionists on 07 4054 2203, or simply visit our website to book an appointment online!