One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they first get dentures (false teeth) is to assume that they should be cleaned just like regular teeth. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, and if you do start brushing your dentures with toothpaste they won’t last for long.
Dentures require special cleansers that have been specifically designed for their use. It’s important to use these specific products only to avoid causing any damage to your dentures.
There is no doubt that dentures cost a lot of money and if you’re like many people you have had to save up for your new teeth. They are valuable not only in terms of price but also in terms of your good health. You need to take care them properly and make sure that they last a number of years.
Denture Cleaners to Avoid
Any type of cleaning product that contains abrasives, such as toothpaste, should be avoided. Brushes that have stiff bristles can also be too abrasive for your dentures. Any products that contains bleach can change the colour of your dentures and make them weak.
If your denture has metal on it, bleach can also corrode and tarnish this metal. Another thing to keep in mind when you’re cleaning your dentures is to avoid boiling or very hot water since it may cause them to warp.
How to Clean Your Dentures Effectively
You should remove your dentures after every meal and give them a good rinsing by running water over them. This will release any food particles. If you are using glue or powder as an adhesive to keep your teeth in place, they will need more than a rinsing. You’ll need to scrub off the glue and then reapply new adhesive before placing them back in your mouth.
If you are using denture adhesive, it’s best to talk to your denturist regarding how frequently the teeth should be removed for a cleaning.
While you are rinsing them out be sure to handle them delicately. Some people have inadvertently damaged or bent the clasps or the plastic by handling their dentures too roughly.
After you have rinsed out your dentures you must also clean your mouth. Your natural teeth should be cleaned with a regular toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste and you can also use the same toothbrush or a piece of gauze to clean your palate, the inside of your cheeks and your tongue.
Your dentures must be brushed once a day using a denture cleaner. This will remove the plaque and food from the dentures. If you are using an adhesive you’ll need to be extra vigilant in your efforts and make sure that your brush reaches deep down into the cracks and grooves of the denture to remove all of the glue.
Most people brush their dentures in the evening once they have been removed for the night.
Tip: Consider using baking soda as a natural cleaner
It’s important to soak your dentures overnight for a thorough cleaning. They need to be kept in water because if they are left out too long and start to dry up they could possibly lose their shape. It’s never a good idea either to sleep with your dentures on since this can cause mouth problems.
Your mouth should have a breather from dentures every day. Your denturist may also give you instructions regarding the overnight storage of your dentures.
There are soaking solutions available on the market from a number of name brand manufacturers that can be used safely. Be sure to follow the instructions regarding the soaking methods and when you wake up be sure to rinse out your dentures before returning them to your mouth.
The soaking agents contain chemicals that should not be swallowed.
It’s important to see your denturist at least once a year to make sure that your dentures are fitting properly. If your dentures don’t fit right they can cause mouth sores, chewing problems and issues with your jaw. Sometimes the denturist can easily fix such a problem on the spot without a lot of cost involved.
During this visit your denturist may also give your teeth a deep cleaning to make them look just like new again.