Soaking dentures in water or a denture cleaner will not be enough to keep them clean. If you want to keep them white and stain -free for a longer time, you have to look for solutions beyond the traditional method.
Caring for your dentures is absolutely essential to ensure their longevity and prevention of disease. Cleaning dentures daily prevents plaque buildup and food particle that usually linger between teeth and contribute to bad breathe, infections and irritation to the tissues. Therefore, keeping your dentures clean can help your mouth stay healthy, and importantly you can look your best.
We'll have a look at some the best ways to keep your removable dentures clean, white and stain-free.
Take them out before bedtime
Dentures can help recover the tissues inside the mouth from just wearing during the day. You may want to give your dentures a break and take them out before going to bed at night. If it’s not an option for you, always try to remove them for at least six to eight hours at another time of the day,. For dentures made of metal clasps, soak them in warm water and for others, you can use half-water solution or special dentures cleanser to get rid of stains, plaque and bacteria. It's always advisable to consult your dentist on the cleanser that's right for you.
Handle them with care
Dentures do not come cheap, yet can break easily, therefore you do not want to extra careful with them. You can use a folded towel to clean them or you also use a bowl of water if they accidently drop. Do not use toothpicks when you're wearing them and avoid hard brushes for cleaning as they might rupture the dentures. Additionally, keep them away from the reach of young children and pets.
Keep them clean
Although dentures aren’t your real teeth, this shouldn't give you an excuse to neglect hygiene. Similar to your natural teeth, they build up stains, plaque and tartar on them, causing infection and irritation in the tissues underneath. It's recommended that you use special denture cleaning brush or regular soft -bristled brush to clean your removable dentures. You can also opt to use regular hand soap, or visit your local drugstore for more products that can help in the cleaning.
Your mouths needs attention too
Your clean dentures do not guarantee a thorough care of your mouth. In order to maintain proper oral hygiene, rinse your moth after removing the dentures and massage your gums gently with a washcloth.
Be on the look-out for the changes in fit
In case you didn't know, the gums and bones in mouths change over time. This can create improper denture fit and can often cause sores, burning and pain and if left untreated can lead to periodontal gum disease. Should you learn that your dentures do not fit properly, get in touch with your dentist for denture repair and adjustments.