They might not be real, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after your dentures with as much care as you would your own teeth. Over the course of the day plaque and food debris can build up, so remove your dentures a couple of times a day (preferably after meals) to rinse and brush this away. They will stay in good condition longer and fit better if you take good care of them, so follow these tips for maintaining them.
Step One: Place in cleaning solution
First, place the dentures into a cleaning solution. You can buy denture tablets that are mixed with water. Be sure to follow the directions on the packet to make sure you leave your dentures in the solution for the correct length of time.
Step Two: Clean the inside of your mouth
While your dentures are soaking in the cleaning solution, use a washcloth or soft toothbrush with warm water to wipe the inside of your mouth. You could use a salt-water solution as an alternative. Make sure you wipe the ridges where your dentures sit especially, as well as your tongue, lips, inside of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth.
Step Three: Gently clean inside the dentures
Once you have finished soaking your dentures, remove them from the solution and, with a moistened denture brush or soft bristled toothbrush with toothpaste, carefully clean inside and outside of the denture, as well as the teeth.
Step Four: Rinse the dentures clean
Finally, thoroughly rinse your dentures with clean water before re-inserting them into your mouth. Be careful when rinsing your dentures as they can become slippery, and the pink acrylic or the dentures themselves are liable to break if they fall onto a hard surface. Brush them over a soft towel or rinse over a half-filled sink of water to avoid this. Also, avoid using a brush with hard bristles as these can wear away the grooves in the acrylic over time and will lead to your dentures not fitting as well.
Step Five: Leave in water overnight
You should remove dentures each night to allow the tissue underneath to heal. To ensure they don’t dry out overnight (if they do, they can crack and distort), you should place the dentures in mouthwash or clean water. If using just water, make sure you replace the water each night to avoid it stagnating and developing bacteria. Your dentures are going to remain the same shape, but remember, your gum tissue will not. With this in mind, it is important that you get them professionally relined and adjusted when necessary. Have your dentist check your dentures annually to ensure you stay on top of these natural changes.