Detailed Denture Care Instruction
Even if all your teeth are missing, it is still important to clean your mouth and gums. Using a soft toothbrush or a specific mouth brush, gently massage the gums and soft tissue of your mouth. This helps remove harmful biofilm and plaque from the areas of your mouth which would be cleaned normally by self cleaning
For more information regarding any of these topics, please feel free to contact reception or discuss at your next scheduled appointment with David.
There are many denture cleaners sold at chemist and supermarkets, our testing has shown most to have limited cleaning properties.
Cleaners sold from professionals are much better cleaners and in the long term prove to be more cost effective due to the design of the products and concentration levels of active ingredients. There are many different products which have different uses and will clean differently. If you have concerns, difficulties cleaning your dentures or questions regarding what’s best for you, please ask our friendly staff.
CURAPROX DAILY CLEANER
Just a few drops on your denture each clean will keep your denture in excellent condition and effectively remove plaque and bacteria.
CURAPROX WEEKLY CLEANER
Placing approximately 3-5mls into a denture bath, place your denture into the bath and add water till the denture/s are just covered. Soak for a few hours or overnight, once a week will keep hard to remove dental tartar from building up on your denture/s. Tartar is usually noticed on the outside of the upper denture in the area of the molars, and the lower denture behind the front teeth.
If you’d like to discuss the benefits of Implant Retained Dentures or Dentures in general please contact Pearl Denture Studio to make an appointment at one of our Northern Rivers denture clinics. One of our friendly staff members will make an appointment for you in either our Coastal or Country Practices.
Some people produce excessive amounts of tartar, so a more concentrated cleaner is required. PRO-CLEAN is a excellent product for the removal of tartar. 1x sachet in a small quantity of warm water works so not to dilute the product excessively. Soak overnight, don’t discard the solution, brush your denture in the problem area to remove the tartar. If not all tartar is removed, repeat the soak with the original solution again the next night and re-brush to remove the remaining tartar.
The tar from smoking can be particularly difficult to remove. A professional clean may be necessary, please ask for assistance.
Tea, Coffee, Herbal teas can leave stains on a denture, which can also be difficult to remove. If Quality cleaners are not keeping your denture clean, please ask for assistance.
Medications/ Dietary supplements can leave difficult to remove stains on dentures, if normal quality cleaners arnt working effectively please contact our staff to discuss what may be a more appropriate option.
DO NOT use the follow products to clean your dentures, under any circumstances
- Bleach of any description
- Liquid powder paste kitchen cleaners eg “jiff” or “Ajax”
- CLR or other acidic cleaners
- Metal polish eg “brasso”
- Bi-carb soda
How to take care of your dentures: General tips and advice
There are some general denture care tips which it’s important to know when you first get your dentures. Your dentures will need to be cared for every day, just like your teeth, and by following these tips for how to take care of dentures you will have many years of denture enjoyment ahead of you!
Taking Care of Dentures
- Inserting and removing your dentures should be comfortable and easy. If you find that any part of denture care causes discomfort, speak to your dental technician.
- When you first use your new dentures make sure you work your way up to chewy foods. Start with softer foods that are easy to eat.
- Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time if possible. That way you will disperse impact across your mouth.
- When you engage in your night-time denture care routine take care to brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth as well. This will help to promote blood flow in your mouth and ensure that plaque does not accumulate.
Your Night-time Denture Care Routine:
- Your dentures need to be removed every night before bed. Do not sleep in your dentures.
- Once your dentures are out, given them a good clean with some liquid soap and a soft toothbrush. You can also use a specialised denture cleaning fluid, toothpaste, or solution.
- Your dentures are clean? Great! Pop them into a cup of fresh, cold water or leave them out to dry on a soft cloth.
- If your dentures have a build-up of tartar you can soak them in a mix of one part vinegar and four parts water overnight.
How to take care of dentures: FAQs
Your dentures are designed to work as your natural teeth are, and so you are able to wear your dentures all day and night if you wish – but just ensure that you remove your dentures before bed and give them a good clean. Your dentures should never feel uncomfortable or rub your gums, but if they do please contact your dental technician for help and advice.
Your dentist is going to let you know how often you’ll need to come in, but as a standard rule you’ll need to come to your dentist around once every six months – much as you would for a general check-up appointment. A regular dental appointment can identify any problems or issues, and can see a full clean of your dentures as well.
Your dentures should last for many years of happy wear, but over time they will begin to deteriorate naturally. You may also experience changes to your face and jaw as you age. At the very first sign that your dentures feel uncomfortable, contact your dentist for an appointment. As a general rule your dentures should last between five and seven years of good use.
We hope this has been a helpful guide to denture care, and has given you advice on how to take care of your dentures. If you would like to know more about any of this information, or to book an appointment, please contact our Northern Rivers denture clinic to speak to our friendly team.