If you are a denture-wearer you are not alone. It may surprise you to learn that at least an estimated 20 million people in the United States are reliant on dentures to complete their smile. Having been used for centuries, dentures may feel like an outdated dental solution. However, modern-day dentures are more comfortable, reliable and realistic than ever before. One of the best ways to keep them this way is to clean them every day.
Dentures may replace your natural teeth and be unable to develop cavities, but they are just as exposed to the bacteria that live in your mouth. This means that oral health problems could still develop if your mouth – and dentures – are not cleaned on a regular basis.
One of the biggest threats comes from the fact that dentures sit over the top of your gums, and this traps bacteria between the mold/plate and the soft tissue of your mouth. Here, in this warm, moist environment, bacteria can thrive. If the bacteria are not removed regularly – ideally daily – they could cause infections to occur. Yeast infections such as cheilitis and stomatitis are particularly common.
Any irritation to your gums could cause them to become sore and swollen, and this may affect how well your dentures fit and trigger further dental problems to develop. You may find your ability to eat and speak compromised, as well as suffering from mild to acute pain.
However, by cleaning them daily, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of denture-related complications from occurring.
Cleaning your dentures doesn’t have to be a chore. In just a few simple steps, you can make sure that your dentures are free from bacteria and food debris, and both look and feel fantastic.
Most people can conjure up an image of their granny’s dentures soaking in a glass on the bedside cabinet. Well, soaking your dentures remains one of the most effective ways of keeping them clean and free from bacteria.
Fill a glass with warm water – enough to cover the denture completely – and drop a denture cleansing tablet into it. Depending on the type of tablet you have, it may fizz slightly. This action will help to remove any bacteria and food particles from between the prosthetic teeth and other parts of the denture that cleaning with a toothbrush cannot achieve.
Just like regular teeth, your dentures will benefit from being brushed. This will remove any stubborn areas of debris or marks on your prosthetic teeth. We recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and specialise denture-cleaning toothpaste rather than regular toothpaste as this can be abrasive and might damage your dentures.
The last step in the process is to rinse your now-clean dentures under running water. This will remove any remaining particles of food or bacteria before you pop them back in place.
With a little patience and practise, most people find that thoroughly cleaning their dentures takes little longer than brushing natural teeth. Doing it daily will enable you to enjoy a smile that is healthier and more attractive for much longer.
You have probably noticed that your dentures are quite fragile. This means that when you are cleaning them, you need to take care not to drop them, as doing so could break them – and fixing/replacing them could be inconvenient and expensive. When you brush them, do so either over a folded towel or a sink filled with water. If you drop them their fall will be cushioned so they will be less likely to break.
If you would like further guidance on the best way to take care of your dentures, please contact our friendly and experienced dental team at Bronxville Family Dental. Contact us with any questions about dentures as we are your trusted experts on Dentures in Bronxville, NY.