Around 1 in 4 elderly citizens in the UK wear dentures, and whether they are removable, partial, or full dentures, proper care is required to keep free from stains and looking their best. Improper care of dentures can lead them to become discoloured, misshapen, and in need of replacement far more often than usual. We’re here to provide you with the ultimate guide to care for your dentures.
Remove and rinse your dentures after eating
Taking out your dentures after every meal and running water through them may seem like a bit of a chore, but trust us, you’ll be glad you did! Rinsing out your dentures after eating removes food debris and other loose particles from the dentures set. This removes any chance of staining or discoloration, and leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh after every meal.
Brush your dentures daily
Soaking and gently brushing your dentures at least once per day is a sure fire way to extend their shelf life. Most sets of dentures respond well to a soft-bristled toothbrush with a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Just like real teeth, dentures can build up food particles, plaque and bacteria, and other types of deposits. It’s also important to clean the grooves of your dentures that fit against your gum to remove any remaining adhesive and ensure they keep feeling snug and comfortable.
Soak your dentures overnight
Perhaps one of the most common denture care tips is to soak your dentures in water while you sleep. Moisture encourages dentures to keep their shape. That’s why it’s vital to soak them in water and/or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Each denture manufacture will have their own instructions and advice on soaking solutions, and don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for help!
Clean your mouth after removing your dentures
It might sound daft, but keeping your mouth clean and hygienic is another pivotal step in caring for your dentures. After removing your denture set, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush on natural teeth and a piece of gauze to clean your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth.
Schedule regular dental check-ups
Consistent communication and an open dialogue with your dentist is the best way to care for both your dentures and your overall oral health. Your dentist will be able to properly clean and professionally examine your dentures, and ensure they are still fitting well and not causing any discomfort.
Things to avoid: When caring for your dentures, you should typically avoid stiff or hard-bristled toothbrushes and harsher toothpastes. These can be quite abrasive and actually have a negative effect on your dentures. Similarly it’s best to avoid whitening toothpastes, as these generally contain peroxide which does little to change the colour of denture sets. Finally it’s important to remember that hot or boiling water can warp and alter the shape of your dentures, cool or lukewarm water is always the way to go!