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Denture Maintenance: Tips on how to clean dentures

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Whether they have recently acquired partials or fulls, denture wearers should take the time to familiarize themselves with proper denture care. Dentures can last longer with regular care, and you can enjoy better oral health. At Cain Dentures Centers, we want to ensure you know everything you need about your dentures, from basic facts to how to get rid of stains.

Why Do You Need To Clean Your Dentures?

It’s easy to overlook the importance of keeping your dentures clean if you consider them to be nothing more than a cosmetic alternative to natural teeth. This, sadly, is so not true. The fact is, dentures, like real teeth, can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. If harmful germs build up on your dentures, they could harm your health. Poor care for dentures can lead to several problems, such as, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Cosmetic Changes – avoiding a regular denture cleaning routine can lead to cosmetic changes, like staining. You can damage the denture even worse if you try to clean the stains using harsh methods. Dentures can lose shape, fit, and aesthetic appeal if microorganisms colonize the appliance.
  2. Fungal Infections – Thrush is the most common complication that arises from not cleaning dentures properly, and it can cause significant pain and discomfort. Candida albicans, a kind of yeast, can overgrow and cause a condition known as thrush. As this fungus multiplies, it can cause swelling, redness, and tenderness of the gums. Those with dry mouths are more likely to experience this condition, which manifests as a sore on the roof of the mouth. Anti-fungal medicine is necessary for thrush treatment. You should avoid wearing dentures during treatment.
  3. Mouth Sores – Food particles can easily build up on unclean dentures. Over time, the build-up of these food particles can irritate the gums and cause sores and ulcers in the mouth.
  4. Bad Breath – Bad breath may result from the build-up of bacteria on your dentures.

How to Clean Dentures:

Although dentures may look like natural teeth, both have a huge difference. Because of this difference, specialized cleaning techniques are used. You can’t just grab a toothbrush and some toothpaste and start brushing. Follow these steps to keep your dentures in good condition and prevent any complications.

  • Use Care When Handling Dentures: When dentures are securely in your mouth, they function like natural teeth and can chew food. On the other hand, they are often prone to breaking when removed from the mouth. Have a soft surface nearby if you need to remove your dentures from your mouth. If you want to avoid spills when removing the denture, lay a towel out on the counter or fill the sink with water.
  • Brush Dentures Daily – Dentures, much like real teeth, should be brushed twice daily to prevent food and plaque build-up. Conversely, dentures need to be cleaned using a specialized brush made with soft bristles. Regular use of a toothbrush, which can be excessively abrasive, can scratch the denture’s surface. To a lesser extent, this also applies to toothpaste. Toothpaste can leave small scratches on your dentures’ surface and should be avoided at all costs. Rinse and brush your denture gently with water.
  • Do Not Forget Your Gums – It is just as important to keep your gums and mouth clean as it is to keep your denture clean. When placed in a mouth full of bacteria, a clean denture is of no help. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your gums thoroughly, the roof of your mouth, and the tongue of any food particles or bacteria.
  • Rinse Your Mouth and Denture After Meals – It’s a good idea to wash out your mouth and dentures after each meal to help reduce the accumulation of food particles between brushings. This is especially true after eating acidic foods like tomato sauce or fresh berries following a beverage like coffee, tea, or red wine.
  • Soak with a Denture Cleaner – Dentures should be stored in warm water in a denture container when not in use. Changes in their shape can occur if you allow your denture to dry out. Adding a denture-cleaning tablet to your denture soaking water helps to disinfect and deodorize your denture. After soaking in the solution, the denture should be brushed and rinsed carefully.

Denture stain removal

Dentures can still get stained or discolored even if you clean them regularly. When this happens, you shouldn’t try to remove the stains with anything abrasive, such as bleach or a file. The dentures are in danger from these. A stain removal option is an ultrasonic cleaner. This one-of-a-kind piece of equipment holds dentures in a cleaning solution, where ultrasonic waves loosen and break up tough stains.

Even though this method can work, it’s best to have your dentures cleaned by a professional once a year to keep them from getting damaged and remove any stubborn stains. The dentist can check the fit of the denture and your mouth’s health to avoid any difficulties in the future.

Things you should avoid when cleaning your dentures

While it’s crucial to understand the proper cleaning procedures for your dentures, it’s just as crucial to know what you should never do when caring for them. What not to do when cleaning your dentures includes the following.

  • Regular toothbrushes and toothpaste are excessively rough and could crack your denture, so avoid using them.
  • You should NOT clean dentures with bleach or any other whitening solution. These chemicals will not whiten or remove stains from your dentures and may even erode the denture material.
  • While soaking or rinsing your dentures, warm water is preferable. Dentures that have been softened by hot water might lose their shape and become uncomfortable to wear.

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