Dentures are one of the astonishing replacements technology has given to missing teeth and surrounding tissues. These replacements are temporary. Dentures can be classified into two parts complete and partial dentures. As the name indicates when all teeth are missing, full dentures are used; when some natural teeth are retained, partial dentures are used. Both types of dentures need careful handling and proper cleaning.
Complete dentures can be classified as regular and dental. About 8 to 12 weeks after the tooth extraction, the conventional denture can be ready to be placed in the mouth. The pink or gum-colored plastic base is sometimes connected by a metal frame to fix the denture in the mouth.
You have to be very careful with dentures as it can break easily, so it is advisable to use a towel or fill your bathroom sink with water while cleaning your dentures. Dentures should be handled gently to avoid any kind of damage.
2. Remove and rinse
It is advisable not to use hot water on dentures rather warm water should be used.
It is important to clean your dentures every day by brushing and soaking them to protecting them from plaque and bacteria. Daily cleaning can benefit your dentures in a long run by protecting them from plaque, food particles, etc.
- Use a damp soft toothbrush or fake toothbrush and a denture cleaner. Fake toothbrushes are used to clean all areas of dentures. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit the gums to remove any remaining adhesive.
- Use a denture cleaner or gel. Ordinary toothpaste, especially whitening toothpaste, is too harsh for cleaning dentures. Some denture wearers use mild hands or dish soap. But avoid irritating products such as vinegar, bleach, or baking soda, which may damage or scratch dentures. Scratching will mark the growth of bacteria. Ask your dentist to suggest a good denture cleaner.
Dentures need to be kept moist to maintain their shape and prevent them from drying out. Soak them in warm water or denture-soaking solution overnight. Denture soaking cleaners are tablets that you put in warm water to create an effervescent (foaming) solution. You can soak the denture in the solution for a few minutes or overnight according to the product instructions.
Do not soak dentures with metal attachments in solutions containing bleach or chlorine. Bleach or chlorine can damage dentures and cause metal rust and corrosion.
5. Rinse again
Before the denture back into the mouth, be sure to rinse them, particularly the use of denture solution when soaked. Do not chew, swallow, or rinse your mouth with denture cleaners that may contain harmful chemicals.
It is all the more important to regularly visit your dentist for professional cleaning and to ascertain the suitability of the dentures. Moreover, dentists can also test other things like the inside of the mouth to ensure that everything is fine.
If the denture becomes loose, go to the dentist immediately. Inappropriate dentures can cause irritation and lead to sores and infections.