Just like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed at least twice daily to remove plaque and particles of food. However, dentures should not be brushed with a standard toothpaste because of its abrasive properties; soap and water is fine. In addition, use a denture cleaning product such as Steradent Denture Tablets or a weak dilution of Milton and clean with a soft bristled denture brush. In between brushings, ensure that you rinse your dentures after you’ve eaten. Unclean dentures can lead to oral problems such as gum disease or bad breath.
To make sure that they stay in a good condition, it’s important to protect your dentures when you’re not wearing them, such as when you go to bed. Immersing them in a dental cleaning solution or warm water will stop them drying out. Don’t use hot water as this could lead to warping.
Taking care of your mouth is essential. Before you insert your dentures in the morning, brush your palate, tongue and gums with your soft bristled brush to stimulate circulation and dislodge any plaque.
If you wear partial dentures (and still have some of your own teeth) then it is even more critical that you clean your teeth and dentures after every meal as well as in the morning and before you go to bed. Dentures can increase the risk of damage to supporting teeth if you don’t take care with your diet and cleaning.
Finally, keep up with regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure that your dentures are fitting properly and aren’t becoming worn and to ensure the rest of your mouth is healthy.
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