because you may have dentures does not mean that you can ignore
your oral health and hygiene. It is still important to seek dental
services regularly for evaluating the soft tissues and to examine
the denture for proper fit, comfort, and function.
should I clean my denture daily?...
cleaning of your denture is necessary to prevent build-up
of plaque, food, calculus (tartar), and stain which can
with appearance or esthetics <2>mouth odor <3>irritation
to the tissues under the denture<4> infections in
do I keep my dentures clean?
the denture under water after meals to remove loose food
debris. <2> Brush regularly after each meal, or at
least before bed. This removes the plaque and some stains.
<3> Brush with water, soap, or a mildly abrasive toothpaste,
or denture paste. Scouring powders or other abrasive cleaners
should not be used because they scratch the denture. Scratches
make the denture more susceptible to collecting debris,
plaque and stain. <4> You can use a denture brush
or a regular soft toothbrush to clean the denture, but use
a separate brush for cleaning any natural teeth you have.
<5>Make sure you reach all areas of the denture. <6>
The denture can be soaked in a solvent (such as Efferdent,
Polident) or a detergent with a chemical action that removes
or loosens light stains and deposits. Rinse the denture
with water afterwards. Chemical immersions can be done daily
or several times a week. <7> Ultrasonic cleaning is
done during a dental appointment to remove heavy stain and
calculus (tartar). <8>The most effective way to keep
your dentures clean is by daily brushing, in combination
with soaking the dentures in a chemical solution.
When brushing the appliance do not hold it firmly or with pressure
as this can break the denture. <2>Clean the denture over
a sink half filled with water and place a towel in the sink to
act as a cushion in case the denture should drop. <3> Do
not soak or rinse the denture in hot water, this can distort the
shape and fit of the denture. <4>Never scrape the denture
with sharp instruments in an attempt to remove hard deposits.
Instead, take it to a dental professional for them to remove the
deposits. <5>Never use a hard bristled brush to clean the
denture. This can scratch the denture. <6> Make sure to
leave your denture out overnight, or out of the mouth for a period
of 6 to 8 hours daily. Wearing them at all times without allowing
your gums a chance "to breathe" , can result in infections of
the soft tissues under the denture.<7>When your dentures
are not in your mouth, keep them in water or denture solutions.
They need to be kept in a wet environment in order to maintain
the proper fit.
gums are important too:
only do your dentures need maintenance, but care also needs to
be given to the tissues under your denture. The gums should be
cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush or a washcloth. This removes
the plaque and debris on the gums. It also massages and stimulates
circulation of tissues. Massage your gums by placing the thumb
and index finger over the ridge and use a "press-and-release"
is very important to keep any remaining natural teeth free of
plaque. To clean your natural teeth
do I know my dentures no longer fit?
problems chewing food with dentures <2>chronic cheek biting
<3>difficulty in speech <4> red and inflamed tissues
<5>discomfort with wearing the denture <6>cracked
corners of your mouth .