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How to Properly Clean Dentures

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Healthcare, Home, Lifestyle, Money

Keeping dentures clean and well-maintained matter to oral health because it helps preserve the life span of the dental appliance, as well as keep your mouth fresh, clean and bacteria free.  The method to denture cleaning is simple enough, and just like with brushing of natural teeth, this should be done regularly.

Cleaning

Clean the dentures on a daily basis and get the right tools to do this. Using the wrong ones can lead to cracks and scratches, deteriorating the denture’s quality and inviting bacteria to grow in it.

  • Buy a good toothbrush to clean your dentures with. If you can find a specialized denture toothbrush, then it would be easier to clean the denture’s curved areas. Otherwise, you can still use regular toothbrush, although you would have to make sure that it can clean through the curves.
  • Buy good denture toothpaste, as it has a different formulation than regular toothpaste. It’s aimed at softer enamels, which are obviously quite different from natural teeth enamels. Strong regular toothpaste formula may react to the denture material, reducing its quality.
  • Buy an antibacterial solution, which you will use to soak the dentures in.  This solution will remove any other germs that regular brushing can’t.

You may use dishwashing soap or a special type of cleaning solution for your dentures. Avoid using bleach, though, as this may change the shade of the dentures to very bright and white. It will come off as less natural-looking and more off-putting.  Before putting on your dentures back in, your mouth has to be cleaned all the way, too.  So brush your gums and tongue, as you would regularly do.

Handling

Fill a basin with water and do your denture cleaning from there. Because dentures can easily get damaged, this method eliminates the possibility of dropping the dentures on the sink or floor and breaking it. Never place dentures in warm water, as this will alter its shape. If you do not need to wear them for a few hours, pour tap or cold water in a glass, and then soak the dentures with the antibacterial solution in it. Before putting it back on, make sure to properly rinse the dentures with water as the solution can be harmful to the gum area.

Long-Term Care

Just because you’re wearing dentures doesn’t mean you have to forego regular visits to the dentist. It is quite the opposite, really, as you will need to see the dentist more often when you have this on. Oral care should be properly monitored and maintained with denture wearing to avoid development of other periodontal diseases that may sometimes lead to serious conditions.

Over time, the dentures will grow loose and that is to be expected. Dentists actually know that dentures are only good for about 5 to 10 years, no matter what material it is made of.  After which, you will need to get fitted with a new set to replace the old ones. If you keep using the old dentures, you could risk mouth and gum problems.

ByLine:
Any type of dental appliance, whether dentures, braces, retainers and veneers, need extra care and cleaning, as it is crucial to dental and general health.
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