Caring for your dentures is not difficult, but it does take a little time and effort each day. With regular maintenance and daily attention, your dentures can stay looking and feeling fresh.
Remove your denture for sleeping or for at least 6 to 8 hours a day.
This will allow the tissues and oral structures supporting the dentures to rest. Just as you remove shoes, glasses or clothing when you go to bed, so should you remove your dentures. You were not born with them and it is unhealthy to wear them all the time. It has been proven that patients who never remove their dentures have a higher risk of oral cancer, an increased bacterial count in the mouth and excessive damage to the tissue and ridges that result in a loss of fit. Additionally, any clenching or grinding during sleep will cause excessive wearing and bone loss.
Soak your dentures when not wearing them.
Dentures need to be kept moist; otherwise they’ll dry out and warp. Keep dentures in clean, cold water when they are not being worn. Never use hot water, which may cause them to distort. You can use a commercial soaking solution, or if your denture has no metal parts, you can soak it in either a solution of half white vinegar and half water or two tablespoons of baking soda and ½ cup of tap water. Placement of dentures in Sodium Hypochlorite solutions for periods longer than 10 minutes may damage dentures. Be aware that some soaking solutions are not suitable for metal.
Brush dentures at least once a day.
Use a denture brush and cleanser to thoroughly remove food particles, plaque and stains to prevent permanent staining, irritation and bad breath. Brushing your dentures too vigorously can cause damage. Abrasive tooth pastes, brushes with rigid bristles and excessively hard brushing can dull denture teeth, cause premature wear and tear, or lead to the thinning of the acrylic lining of your dentures. For gentle and effective daily cleaning, use a denture brush or soft tooth brush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. The sonic denture cleaners work very well but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, both of which are acceptable for cleaning dentures. Avoid other household cleaners, however, as they may be too abrasive.
When properly used, denture adhesives can improve retention and stability and help seal out the accumulation of food particles beneath the denture. Three or four pea-sized dollops are usually sufficient. All adhesive should be completely removed from gums and denture on a daily basis. Improper use of zinc-containing denture adhesives may have adverse systemic effects. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, zinc-containing denture adhesives should be avoided.
Clean your gums, tongue and palate.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Using a clean finger or a soft toothbrush, massage your gums and palate for a minute or two. This serves to stimulate blood flow to the area, which helps promote healthy gums. You can also rinse your mouth several times a day with warm salt water to help heal any chafing or rubbing caused by the dentures.
Rinse dentures after every meal when possible.
Never use hot water, as this will warp your dentures.
Handle your dentures carefully
Dentures can crack and break so it is important to position yourself over a folded towel or a sink filled with water while handling them. This will serve to minimize breakage in the event that you accidentally drop your dentures.
Avoid chewing ice or other hard objects
They can crack the denture and then it may break.
Keep your dentures out of reach from pets.
Dogs find dental appliances to be attractive chew toys.
Call us right away if your denture breaks, cracks or chips, or if a tooth becomes loose, so we can repair it properly.
Dr. Mark Williams
201 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs
Providing great fitting dentures since 1968.