Keeping a beautiful smile requires some special care whether you have full or partial set of dentures. To keep them looking good and free of stains require proper maintenance. Following a few simple guidelines will be all that is needed. Check for the American Dental Association (ADA) emblem as an added assurance your denture cleaning products are safe.
After eating, you should run water over the dentures to remove any drink or food particles. As a safeguard, when you are cleaning or removing your teeth, it is ideal to place a towel or water in the sink to prevent breakage in case you drop them.
For the tongue region, use a soft-bristled brush or cloth/gauze to remove any bacteria that may have formed under the denture. It is recommended to use a brush that is designed especially for cleaning dentures.
Clean the dentures daily by gently brushing and soaking them with a nonabrasive cleaner. The grooves of the denture should be cleaned well if you use a dental adhesive.
Soak the dentures in a container with a mild soaking solution, usually in tablet form, added to water. If you don't have a tablet, you can use a mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap.
Thoroughly rinse the denture before you place it in your mouth.
- If you have a partial plate, be sure not to damage the clasps while cleaning. Ask your dentist how to clean any metal surfaces.
- Don't use a stiff-bristled brush or harsh toothpastes because they will damage the surface. The abrasiveness of the toothpaste can cause microscopic scratches where plaque and food particles can cause bacterial growth.
- Never use household cleansers or bleach. The use of bleaching products may cause the color to be changed and weaken the denture. If you have any metal on it, the chlorine will corrode and tarnish the surface.
- Don't use whitening pastes because of the abrasive texture.
- Boiling or hot water should be avoided because it could warp the plate.
- It is advisable to keep the denture moist when they are not being worn to prevent drying out or altered shapes.
If you are unsure what the recommended procedures are for cleaning and storing the dentures, your dentist can advise you on the process. If properly cared for, a denture should last at least five to seven years. Even though you have dentures, you should still maintain regular checkups to be sure there are no signs of gum disease or other issues.