Regular cleaning is the first step in keeping your dentures clean and healthy. You can use a toothbrush and dental floss to ensure that all the surfaces of your mouth are getting a proper cleaning. There are some benefits to this method but there are also some drawbacks to keep in mind. In general, dentures will clean better if they dry thoroughly off after cleaning. This should happen within 2 hours after cleaning because bacteria thrive in moist environments and cause damage to the denture over time.
Generally, dentures are cleaned after every meal. Dentures should be soaked in saltwater for a few minutes, and then rinsed off with fresh cold water. For the best results, it is recommended to remove food debris from the dentures on a daily basis. Brushing your dentures with toothpaste and water is a great way to remove food debris, but it is important to note that brushing too hard can cause damage to the denture.
To ensure you keep your dentures in tip-top condition, we’ve put together a 3-step guide on how to care for them.
1. Brush Twice Daily with Toothpaste and Water
The first step is to brush your dentures with a toothbrush and water twice daily – morning and night – to remove any food debris that might have accumulated during the day. Dentures can trap bacteria and food particles between the teeth and in the crevices. These food particles will begin to mold over time, which is why it’s important to brush them at least twice daily. Be sure to brush gently, though. Dentures are made from a fragile material that can break, discolor or lose fit if handled too roughly. You may also use a denture toothpaste or mouthwash for added protection against plaque and stains but only after you have brushed with water.
2. Rinse Dentures Upto 2x per Day
Step two is to rinse your dentures with water up to two times daily. You may want to fill a small glass with the water and rinse your dentures with that instead of just running hot water into a sink or cup. It’s a great idea because you need hot water to dissolve food particles in between the teeth before they can be rinsed away in cool water. The cool water will not remove them! Rinsing gives you that perfect combination for maintaining clean dentures.
3. Handwash or Soak at Least Twice a Month
Finally, step three is to wash your dentures by hand with mild dish soap in warm water at least twice a month. Soak the dentures for about 10 minutes before scrubbing gently with a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and set them out to dry on a clean towel. You may also soak your dentures overnight to give them an extra deep clean! Don’t use boiling water as it can warp the plastic or acrylic, and don’t use bleach to sterilize the dentures either (it could stain them).
We hope these tips are helpful in keeping your dentures in tip-top condition. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
How Often Should I See the Dentist if I Have Dentures?
The best way to keep dentures healthy is through routine dental visits. Dentists can help you care for your teeth, and they may also be able to make adjustments to your dentures in order for them to fit well. When your dentist examines you, he or she may notice that one of your dentures is loose. In this case, you may need a new piece of the denture.
A dry socket should always be reported to your dentist when you notice symptoms of pain in your mouth. If the dentist determines that the area around the extraction site is inflamed, it is best to have the area drained and repaired immediately. In general, dry sockets are preventable through regular visits with your dentist and good oral hygiene habits.
Remember that dentures should only be used for a short time, and you should always keep your mouth clean and healthy. Try to eat as healthily as possible and visit your dentist regularly. With regular care, you can feel more confident in your smile.
Where to Store Dentures?
Your dentist will help you decide where to store your dentures. Most dentures are stored in a special box or case, and they should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. A denture care bath is a liquid that is used to clean and soak dentures. This bath provides an effective way of removing plaque and food particles adhering to the dentures, as well as disinfecting and sterilizing them. You should check out our guide on denture care baths if you are looking for a way to clean and store your dentures.
If you have a tight budget, you may want to consider making your own denture bath at home by pouring warm water into a shallow bowl and adding a few drops of household toothpaste to it for extra cleaning power. Be sure the bath is not too close to a heat source, as this could damage the plastic or acrylic of your dentures. Allow your dentures to soak for a few minutes, and then use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub them clean before rinsing with water. After soaking, rinse your dentures with cold water and let them air-dry.