If you have already received dentures, by now you’ve probably noticed the advantages of having a full, strong bite: your speech, diet, appearance, confidence, and general dental health can all be permanently improved. To retain these benefits, it’s necessary to ensure that your dentures fit properly and are well taken care of. To this end, our Fort Worth practice offers the following tips on keeping your dentures clean.
Hygiene is important, no matter the condition of your teeth or restorations. Patients with dentures should be diligent in their brushing habits, just as they would be with natural teeth. Every day, be sure to follow these basic hygienic rules:
Even with full dentures, it’s still important to brush your mouth as well. Use a toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth whenever you clean your dentures. This will prevent formation of fungus, bad breath, and similar effects from plaque.
Household cleaning products such as bleach are discouraged as they may alter the color or erode the surface of dentures. Instead, use hand soap with warm water and a good scrubbing with your tooth brush.
Ultrasonic cleaners are another good way to supplement hygiene. By placing dentures in a small container or tray, ultrasonic waves are emitted to break up and disperse unwanted deposits. Any products approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) are more likely to be safe and effective. This is how we clean dentures professionally in our office.
If dentures are not kept moist, the acrylic can become brittle, and the dentures can shrink!. When not being actively worn, dentures should be placed in a cleansing solution or least in water. Depending on the type of dentures you wear, a different solution may be optimal, especially if it has exposed metal attachments. Consult your dentist on the right way to care for your dentures at night.
In addition to basic hygiene and care, consider the following precautions for your dentures:
Whether you are in need of dentures or a simple check-up, we are happy to help you take care of your smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to inquire further about our restorative dentistry options.