How to Clean Dentures After Care Instructions

Jun 24, 2014   //   by Bituin   //   After Care  //  No Comments

It’s important to take proper care of your dentures, as it not only keeps them in good condition; it also keeps your mouth in great condition.  False teeth aren’t maintenance free.  The very same type of debris that has a tendency to accumulate on natural teeth (microorganisms, dental plaque, tartar, staining, and food particles) will accumulate on dentures too.  And this means that some daily care will be required on the wearer’s part in order to keep their false teeth clean and fresh, and their mouth healthy.   Several methods and tricks of denture cleaning exist.  Each method has different pros and cons.  Choosing which one to use depends on which method works best for you.

One of the oldest, cheapest, and simplest methods consists of soaking your dentures overnight in white vinegar (50% vinegar/50% water).  The next morning, brush and rinse them before putting them on.  Brush surface stains and build-up away with a denture brush or a soft, nylon toothbrush. Don’t use a regular tooth brush because it’s too abrasive and can damage your dentures.  Dentures are fragile, so it is important to handle with care.  They might break if accidentally dropped.  It is helpful to clean your dentures over a washcloth or over a sink full of water to prevent breaking the denture if dropped.

Another inexpensive method is cleaning with dish soap. Although both of the above methods are effective, cheap, and safe, for various reasons, some people prefer to use commercial cleaners.  You may leave the dentures in or out of your mouth at night, depending on your preference.   Some denture wearers choose to soak their dentures in diluted hydrogen peroxide or Polident overnight so they don’t dry out.  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.  In some instances, a patient’s jaws or muscles need the support of dentures at sleep. These patients will feel better sleeping with their dentures in place.

Brush and rinse them before wearing them the next morning.  Don’t use alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleaches, whiteners they may scratch the surface of the denture and harsh products like bleach which will turn the pink parts of your denture white.  Do not use boiling water, dishwasher or microwave to clean or soak your denture because it will deform them.  If these manual methods of denture cleaning aren’t enough, consider purchasing an ultrasonic cleanser.

In addition to regular morning and evening cleaning, rinse dentures after each meal.  Rinsing will remove excess food particles and contribute to the overall attractiveness and healthfulness of your mouth.  Some experts even recommend taking things a step further and brushing instead of rinsing after meals.

Although all foods will create unclean dentures, be especially careful to clean your teeth after drinking tea, coffee, or wine.  If you smoke, make sure to cleanse your dentures when you finish smoking.  Even with careful cleaning, these activities should be used only in moderation.

Any denture adhesive that is present needs to be brushed off.  If it is not, as each new layer of adhesive is added a hard, thick layer can form that can be very stubborn to remove. This is most likely to occur in those situations where a person’s dentures are allowed to air-dry when stored, as opposed to being placed in a water bath.

Don’t forget to clean your mouth.  Especially in the case of complete dentures, a person should gently brush their gums and palate. The tongue should be brushed or scraped with a tongue cleaner.

Your jawbones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing.  This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures.  Because of the shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated by us at least every six (6) months.  We will inform you when relining or rebasing of the dentures is necessary.  Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease.

Thank you for trusting us with your partial denture and we look forward to serve you or anyone you refer to us in the future with the same courtesy and respect.

 

 

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