Just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be maintained and kept clean. It’s just as easy for plaque to develop on dentures as it does on teeth, because of the bacteria that live in your mouth. Dentures are exceptionally helpful when they are comfortable and clean and knowing how to clean dentures can keep them looking and working optimally for longer.
Dentures offer patients the benefits of smiling with confidence, speaking with ease and clarity and eating comfortably. However when you eat, food can accumulate on your dentures and if they do not fit well, between your dentures and gums or remaining natural teeth. It’s also worth noting that food sticks more easily to a denture than it does to natural teeth.
Why Cleaning False Teeth Is So Important?
It can cause bad breath
If you do not clean your denture properly it can lead to bad breath.
It can cause inflammation
How To Clean Dentures
Brush Them Twice A Day
Your dentist will give you specific care instructions for how to clean dentures but just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned twice a day. You can do this with a soft-bristled toothbrush and some soap or mild detergent.
Make sure you do not use anything abrasive or a brush with bristles that are too hard. You should also use a separate toothbrush from the one you use to clean your natural teeth. Do not use hot water as this can cause your denture to lose its shape prematurely.
Let Them Soak
Using a denture soak on a regular basis can give your denture a deeper clean and get rid of any plaque build-up and protect your denture against stains. You can get denture soak tablets, or use a solution of vinegar and water. Don’t use bleach either as this can weaken the integrity of your denture.
Don’t Forget To Rinse
Make sure you rinse your denture well after cleaning false teeth and before you put them back in your mouth, to remove any traces of detergent.
Look After Your Gums Too
You should also brush your gums once you have removed your denture to keep them clean and free of bacteria.
Store Your Denture In Water
Taking your denture out for at least six hours will give your gums a break.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your dental practitioner will check your denture for signs of wear and tear and make sure that your gums and any remaining teeth are healthy. He or she will also check your denture to make sure that it still fits comfortably. If your denture starts to slip or doesn’t feel comfortable, make an appointment to see your dentist as you might need a denture reline.
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