Partial or complete dentures (removable teeth) can replace lost teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.
These false teeth are designed to look natural, and they’re made from different materials like acrylic and metal.
Even though your denture teeth are false, it’s still important to clean them regularly.
Cleaning dentures involves more than brushing, though. Other steps are required to keep them in good condition and maintain your oral health.
Keep reading to learn how best to clean and maintain your dentures.
Plaque and food stick to dentures in the same way they stick to natural teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on dentures and teeth after eating and drinking.
Regular cleanings are vital to your overall oral health. To keep dentures clean, you’ll need the following:
- a soft-bristled toothbrush
- denture cleaning solution or mild soap
- a soft towel
Plan to brush your dentures at least once daily. Brushing them twice a day, every morning and every night is even better. But don’t use toothpaste when brushing your dentures.
Many toothpaste brands contain ingredients that are too abrasive for removable teeth. These toothpastes can gradually damage the surface of dentures, leaving scratches or small cracks.
Instead, brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush designed specifically for dentures. These toothbrushes can prevent scratches on the surface of your dentures.
Even though brushing is important, brushing alone doesn’t clean dentures. To maintain dentures long-term, you must thoroughly clean them each night after removal.
Dentists recommend that you clean your dentures at least once daily. It’s even better to brush your dentures twice a day.
It’s a good idea to brush your dentures when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed at night. You should also soak them in a mild soap or a dental cleaning solution each night.
Although you shouldn’t use toothpaste when brushing dentures, you should use toothpaste to brush your gums and tongue twice a day. This keeps your gums healthy and helps prevent bad breath.
If you have partial dentures, don’t forget to brush and floss your remaining teeth daily.
Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash also contributes to oral health. You can remove dentures before using mouthwash, or use mouthwash designed for denture wearers.
Properly cared for dentures can last an average of 7 to 10 years. Here are a few tips to extend the life of your dentures.
Regular dental appointments are an essential part of your oral health. If you have dentures, continue to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every 6 months.
Also, contact your dentist if you have any concerns about your dentures.
Make an appointment if your dentures:
- feel uncomfortable
- slip or no longer fit properly
- make noise when you talk or eat
- appear visibly worn or broken
You should also contact your dentist if you develop:
- mouth sores
- bleeding gums
- bad breath
If you develop mouth sores, this may mean that your dentures no longer fit properly.
Dentures can improve your smile and build your self-confidence. But it’s important to properly care for them.
Consistent cleaning not only extends the life of your dentures, but also helps maintain your oral health.
Be sure to clean and soak your dentures every day with the right materials, and call your dentist if you have any complications.