Do you know that caring for your dentures correctly is just as important as looking after natural teeth?
Whether you wear full or partial dentures, proper denture care can help avoid any build-up of bacteria that can cause infections.
By following our denture care tips, you should be able to enjoy a clean and healthy smile every day.
Firstly, cleaning your dentures at the end of every day is a healthy routine to get into – just the same as cleaning native teeth. As soon as you remove your dentures, gently massage gums with a soft or ultra-soft toothbrush to remove any debris or film. If you have existing teeth, these need to be cared for with normal brushing and flossing. Finish by rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
If you use a dental stabilising fixative, ensure all traces are cleaned from the gums and denture and remember, it is not a clinical solution for ill-fitting dentures. If you are experiencing considerable discomfort and poor stabilisation, make an appointment and come and see us. First consultations are complimentary.
Dentures can sometimes interfere with your mouth’s natural production of saliva, which manages levels of bacteria and helps removes stubborn food particles from around your mouth – preventing this debris from decaying and causing bad breath.
To achieve the best possible fit, Denture Clinic prescriptions are ‘set’ using a Biofunctional Prosthetics System (BPS) which helps accurately replicate natural teeth anatomy during the production process. It means the fit is tight and lessens the chance of food particles being trapped beneath the prosthetics we provide.
How often should I clean my dentures?
Dentures need to be cared for just the same as you would look after natural teeth. By keeping them clean, it will help stop bacterial mouth infections, preserving gums and any remaining teeth. We recommend that for optimum denture care you clean your dentures thoroughly last thing at night and at least one other time during the day and after eating if you need to.
How should I clean my dentures?
The general denture care rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Using a fizzy denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your dentures feeling fresher. Brush them as you would natural teeth, but careful not to scrub too hard as this could damage them.
A small to medium head toothbrush is ideal for the task. Make sure all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which fits against your gums, are cleaned.
No bleaching products
Never use any bleaching products to clean your dentures. Bleaching can lead to a weakening of the prosthetic as well as making them look unsightly. Do not use very hot water as it can weaken the dentures and may cause warping.
What should I do with a soft lining?
It’s essential you check with the Denture Clinic to determine what soft lining has been used. Just ask, and we’ll advise you.
What if I have a chrome denture?
Some cleaning products can damage chrome dentures, so have a chat to us, please. If your denture has clasps, you will also need to take particular care when cleaning to avoid damaging them.
Should I remove my dentures to sleep?
Dentists often recommend removing your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. Leave them in water to prevent any warping or cracking.
Can the Denture Clinic clean them for me?
Some people get a build-up of tartar on their dentures just as they would on their natural teeth and you will struggle to remove this yourself. The Denture Clinic laboratory in Dudley, West Midlands, offers a professional denture cleaning service. We have a Sympro deep cleansing machine that will have your dentures looking like new in just a few minutes. Call us to book in for this while-you-wait service.