Clean dentures keep the tissues in your mouth healthy and free from unfavorable changes. Your dentures have been fabricated using high quality materials and it is extremely important that you provide them proper care to get the best service from them.
Caring for your dentures on a daily basis can heighten your sense of well-being and complement your appearance. Using a “soft denture brush” and warm water is the most effective and safe method to clean your dentures. If done on a daily basis, this alone will probably keep your dentures clean and free from damage. If there are persistent accumulations and/or stains that are difficult to remove, overnight immersion using a commercial “denture cleanser” is recommended.
Brit Phillips DDS recommends these routine denture cleansing steps:
1. Rinse the denture and your mouth without the denture with water after every meal.
2. Clean the denture daily using a “soft denture brush” and warm water. The use of non-abrasive denture cream is suggested. Regular tooth pastes are not recommended because they may abrade and contribute to the loss of luster of the denture teeth and base.
3. Carefully brush the interdental spaces and the inner surfaces of the denture which come in contact with the mucous membrane, for about two minutes. In addition, clean the tongue and palate with a soft brush.
4. After brushing thoroughly, rinse the denture under running water.
5. Unless your dental professional has instructed you to do otherwise, you should not wear your denture overnight. This enables the tissue supporting the denture to recover.
6. You should keep your denture in water when you are not wearing it. Complete dentures may be immersed in a commercial denture cleaning solution.
7. Rinse the denture under running water before wearing it.
To prevent your dentures from becoming damaged, Dr. Phillips recommends that you observe the following points:
• Simply immersing your denture in a cleaning solution is inadequate for removing the micro-organisms that live in plaque. You must brush your denture every day.
• Do not immerse your denture in pure alcohol (or a solvent) or clean it with substances of this kind.
• Do not use detergents or dishwashing agents.
• Never clean your denture with hot or boiling water.
• If you notice stubborn signs of plaque on your denture (eg dental calculus), ask your dental practitioner to clean the denture professionally. Scraping instruments will damage the denture.
Your denture has been specially fabricated for your mouth. Your denture will retain its shape, while your mouth will undergo certain changes. As a result, you should have the fit of your denture checked every 6 months. If you encounter discomfort, do not try to resolve the problem yourself, as you may damage your dentures as well as harm your teeth and gums. The use of adhesives makes the dentures difficult to clean. If adhesives are used on a regular basis, they may even cause damage. Use adhesives only according to the directions of your dental professional for a fixed period of time.
Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth for any questions you may have related to your dentures.