Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth that has been lost. They can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover the entire upper or lower jaw and partials only replace one or a few teeth. The use of dentures will boost your self-esteem, appearance and your health.
Dentures whether partial or full, require regular and proper care to keep them clean and free from stains and bacteria. Proper denture care keeps both the dentures and mouth in good shape. It makes them clean and free from food that can cause stains, bad breath, or swollen gums. Just like the teeth, dentures require proper hygiene and should be removed to allow good visualization of the entire oral cavity. The equipment necessary to clean dentures include tissues, washbasin, toothbrush or denture brush, and a denture container.
Tips to Handle Dentures Correctly
These helpful tips explain the correct way to clean, handle and store your dentures.
- Brushing the dentures twice a day
- Remove dentures at night and soak them in water or in a denture product (never put dentures in hot water to sterilize them because the dentures can warp.
- Rinse mouth with warm salt water in the morning after meal, and at bedtime. If you can’t always clean your dentures after every meal, be sure to rinse and brush them at least once a day. This should be done with a denture cleanser, mild dish soap or liquid hand soap to remove plaque, food, and other particles. If you use a denture adhesive, clean any leftover adhesive off of your gums. Brush your natural teeth and clean your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth.
- Clean well under partial dentures, where food particles tend to get caught.
Things to Avoid
It is essential never to use some things to clean dentures such as
- Abrasive cleaning items: Stiff-bristled brushes and harsh cleansers and toothpaste are way too abrasive and can seriously damage dentures.
- Whitening toothpaste: Toothpaste with whitening properties can be really abrasive. They shouldn’t be used to clean dentures
- Products with bleach: Bleach weakens dentures and changes their color. Solutions that contain can also tarnish the metal fixtures in dentures with metal attachments.
- Hot water: in sterilizing your dentures, hot water could warp them
- Consume non-sticky foods that have been cut into small pieces and chew slowly
- Handle dentures properly when putting them back in. It should also be rinsed thoroughly because if ingested, the solution’s harmful chemicals can cause vomiting, pain, or burns. Dentures are very delicate and can consequently break easily if they are dropped.
- Store dentures carefully by not placing them in hot water. When you are not wearing them, your dentures should always be kept in room temperature water or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.
- Subsequently, schedule regular visit to the dentist regularly to assess and adjust fit.