When wearing dentures, it is extremely important to maintain them. Keeping your dentures clean is the first step in increasing their lifespan. Regular inspections are also recommended in order to assess whether there are any scratches or cracks that can trap bacteria. Over time, the jaw bone loses mass which is called resorption. Bone loss due to resorption results in dentures becoming loose. Eating and speaking with loose dentures is uncomfortable and can result in sores on the gums. Visiting your denturist regularly for follow-up appointments is important in preventing oral damage due to loose dentures.
At Home Denture Care
Cleaning your dentures daily is strongly recommended to prevent bacterial growth which could lead to bad breath and other oral issues. Below are some ways to keep your dentures clean:
- When attempting to clean your dentures, fold a towel in the bathroom sink to prevent your dentures from shattering if dropped. Alternatively, you could fill the sink with water to reduce the impact if the dentures were to fall out of our hand when you are brushing them.
- Never use regular toothpaste to brush your dentures! Toothpaste is abrasive and will scratch your dentures leaving places for food to get trapped and bacteria to grow. Clean your dentures with a gentle denture paste and denture brush which can be found at most drug stores. If you are unable to find denture paste, washing with mild hand or dish soap and a denture brush is also an effective cleaning method.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, it is important to keep them from drying out as this can result in cracking or warping. Keep your dentures moist by soaking them in a denture cleaning solution or in a cup of water when they are not being worn. Keep in mind, if you are wearing a partial denture, the metal clasp could tarnish in the cleaning solution, so speak to your denturist for an alternative.
- Because dental implants are so similar to natural teeth, they can be cleaned in much the same way. Brush and floss teeth regularly, being careful around the area where the implant and gum meet.
- If you are wearing a partial denture, remember that your natural teeth need proper cleaning as well. After removing your partial dentures for cleaning, brush and floss your natural teeth thoroughly to prevent decay.