Proper denture care is vital for both your oral hygiene as well as the health of your dentures. With an efficient daily cleaning routine, you can keep your dentures in pristine condition with ease. Here are some useful tips:
1. Give Your Dentures A Break
Make sure to remove your dentures before you hit the bed during the night times. In case your dentures have metal clasps, ensure to immerse your dentures in warm water. In case there are no metal clasps, you can choose to use a half-water, half-vinegar mixture or a special denture cleanser. The objective of soaking your dentures is to eliminate tartar, plaque, and bacteria.
2. Handle With Care
Since your dentures are fragile and expensive, it is always better to be extra cautious while handling them. It is always recommended to clean your dentures in a bowl of water or on a folded towel so that even if they drop they don’t break. Never use toothpicks, hard brushes or strong cleaners to clean your dentures as they can severely damage them. It is best to avoid keeping your dentures in a place that can be easily reached by young children and pets.
3. Clean Them Thoroughly Daily
Though dentures are not your real teeth, it still requires to be cleaned on a regular basis as they tend to build up tartars and stains on them if not cleaned properly. When your dentures have accumulated plaque, in a long run it can lead to severe infection in the underlying tissue of your teeth. One must always consider brushing their dentures with a regular soft-bristled brush that is not used for cleaning your regular teeth. You can also opt for a special denture cleaning brush. Mild dishwashing detergent, dental paste, regular hand soap and mildly abrasive toothpaste are your ideal options for cleaning your dentures.
4. Keep A Check For Changes In Fit
Dentures with a poor fit can lead to problems such as pain, sores, and burning. Over a period of time, the gums and bones of our mouth tend to take a slightly different shape leading to an improper denture fit. Hence it is very important to see your dentist and get your dentures examined. Dentures with an improper fit can also be a symptom of periodontal disease.
5. Meet Your Dentist Annually
Irrespective of whether you have complete or partial dentures, it is best recommended to visit your dentist at least once a year. The dentist will check your oral tissues for any kind of changes and sores that could turn out to be cancerous. Also, the dentist will provide you with useful tips in order to maintain your dentures and oral hygiene.
You can enjoy your dentures for many years to come when you care for your dentures in the right way. For any questions, you have regarding your dentures, feel free to contact the dentists at Lygon Family Dental today. Apart from dentures, we can also assist you with root canal treatments, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care, aesthetic dentistry and much more. You can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (03) 99390323.