Denture Maintenance

Having clean dentures is just a matter of good habit. Dentures, like natural teeth, must be kept clean and free from deposits to avoid permanent staining. A dirty denture looks unpleasant, causes bad breath and is very unhygienic.

To keep your dentures clean you must rinse them in warm (not hot) water after every meal. If simple rinsing will not clean your dentures thoroughly, a denture brush or toothbrush may be used to remove loose food from between the teeth. Every night the dentures should be cleaned with a brush and non-abrasive denture cream or paste. Abrasive powders or regular toothpaste should never be used as these could scratch the denture surface, making them more difficult to clean in the future.

When brushing your dentures, always take the precaution of having a few inches of water in the wash basin to avoid breaking your dentures if you were to drop them. It is also advisable to spread a cloth or flannel in the basin for the same reason. Always hold the lower denture on the side you are brushing, never in the palm of your hand, as this may cause them to break.

Occasionally, soaking your dentures in products such as Steradent is useful in removing persistent stains and some calculus. Ultrasonic cleaners are very effective and may be purchased.

Adapting

Although your dentures will keep their shape, your mouth, like the rest of your body, is constantly changing. The bone which supports the denture can recede and shrink away. This can make dentures loose and less stable, impair your ability to chew and give you deep aging lines and wrinkles. The teeth of the dentures may also become worn and require renewal. When dentures feel loose, many people resort to the adhesive powders or pastes to hold them in position. While these aids maybe useful on a temporary basis they should not be used routinely. The looseness is a sign that natural resorption of the bone has occurred.

Prolonged wearing of the dentures in this condition will accelerate the loss of bone and should be avoided at all cost.

Please feel free to ask your Clinical Dental Technician about anything that you have just read or about any other part of the services that we offer.