Dentures are a life-changing solution for many people, restoring confidence and improving your ability to chew, smile, and enjoy life. While your new dentures will soon be part of your new routine, you need to ensure that you engage in regular denture care so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of your dentures for years to come.
Great denture care comes down to knowing how to take care of dentures so that you can minimise odours or stains and keep your dentures looking like new. In this short article we are going to explain some denture care tips and give you some advice to prolong denture use and comfort.
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.
Keeping Your Denture Clean
Keeping your denture clean and free from food debris and plaque is good for your health. The links between dental plaque, serious health issues and chronic diseases are well documented. Heart disease, diabetes, pancreatic disease and aspirational pneumonia are just a few to name.
To keep your dentures clean is not a difficult process, and should only require a few minutes, twice a day, every day.
A good quality brush is a good investment with quality bristles to prevent wear damage to your denture base and teeth. Normal tooth brushes are to small and the bristles are too short to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your denture.
.Soap is a very effective cleaner for your denture/s. Non fragrant soaps such as “sunlight”Are excellent. Soaps with fragrancies will leave a taste on your denture. Do not use toothpaste, as the abrasives designed to clean and polish natural teeth leave your dentures covered in micro scratches, allowing staining and tartar to move readily and bond to your denture, and wear area’s require for an accurate fit to your mouth
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 denture cleaners come in a complete kit with everything needed to care for your mouth and denture.
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.
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.
When you are cleaning your dentures over the basin or sink in the bathroom, we recommend always putting a soft towel in the basin so that if you accidentally drop your dentures they won’t break or get damaged.
How to take care of dentures: FAQs
How long should I wear my dentures for?
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.
How often should I see the dentist if I have dentures?
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.
When do I need to replace my dentures?
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.