If you are a denture wearer, you will have to put in some extra effort in keeping your false teeth clean. For full or partial dentures if you take good care of them, which includes regular cleaning, they can last for a very long time.
Here are some tips on how to keep false teeth clean and in good shape
Tips To Look After Your Dentures
1. Cleaning After Each Meal
While you are not required to give your dentures a full and complete cleaning after a meal, it is still a good idea to give them a rinse. When you run warm (not hot) water over your false teeth you are removing loose food and other particles from them. This helps to keep them clean and stop bacteria building up.
2. Handle With Care
Because your false teeth are made from an acrylic compound, they can easily be damaged when mishandled. Dentures can crack or break if dropped. Also, if your false teeth have clasps or clips attached be careful when cleaning around them to prevent damaging them.
3. Clean Your Mouth As Well
Any time you remove your dentures you should give your mouth a cleaning. You can do this by brushing your natural teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth with gauze wrapped around a toothbrush.
4. Clean Your Dentures Daily
Your false teeth should be cleaned thoroughly once a day. Soak or brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. This removes plaque, food and other particles. Be sure to remove any signs of denture adhesive if you use one.
5. Soak Them Overnight
It is not good for your false teeth if they dry out. This is why you should let them soak in a cleansing solution overnight. There are several types of false teeth soaking solutions available for this purpose. Follow the instructions for best results with your dentures.
6. Rinse Off All Solutions
If you soak your dentures overnight in a solution other than water, remember to rinse them off completely before putting them back in your mouth. Some false teeth cleaning solutions contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health if accidently ingested.
7. Keep Seeing Your Dentist
One person, you need to stay in touch with after you start wearing dentures is your dentist. You should continue to schedule regular check ups so that any changes in your false teeth, gums or oral health can be monitored. Dentures can become loose over time, so it is best to schedule regular checkups to keep on top of any issues.
8. Loose Dentures Require Attention
Should your false teeth become loose for any reason, your dentist will be able to assist with correcting the problem. Loose dentures can create issues if not attended to including sores, infections and various kinds of mouth irritations.
9. Stay Away For Abrasive Cleaners
Because false teeth are made from a material that is softer than natural teeth, they can be scratched easily. Stiff-bristled toothbrushes, regular toothpaste and cleansers not designed for use with dentures can cause various types of damage.
10. Beware of Whitening Toothpastes
There is a special attraction to white, bright and clean teeth… even for false teeth. The problem with most whitening toothpastes is that the main ingredient used in the whitening formula is peroxide. This chemical is not very effective in whitening dentures.
11. Beware of Products Containing Bleach
The word ‘bleach’ conjures up a particular visual. When you use any product that contains bleach on dentures it will change the color of false teeth. It may make them look whiter but the chemicals in these products can also weaken false teeth.
12. Beware of Chlorine Products
Another chemical to avoid when cleaning dentures is chlorine. Any type of cleanser that contains this is not good for soaking your false teeth. This is particularly true if your dentures have metal attachments as chlorine with cause them to tarnish and corrode.
13. Avoid Using Hot Water
The temperature of the water you use to either rinse or soak your false teeth is very important. Luke warm is okay, although generally speaking cooler is better. The reason why you should never use hot or boiling water is that it can cause dentures to warp out of shape.
Your Dentures Will Last Longer
Just as you would want to take good care of natural teeth by cleaning them regularly to prevent cavities and other oral hygiene issues, you should also keep your dentures clean. By following these guidelines you can keep them in good condition for a long time.
Although false teeth are not what you would consider fragile like fine China, you still need to be careful handling and caring for them. The longer they last, the longer they will keep you talking, laughing, eating and smiling with confidence. After all, isn’t that why you got false teeth in the first place?