Caring and cleaning your dentures can be easy and quick. With a proactive approach, you can extend the life of your denture and keep the product looking newer for longer. In many cases, you do not need to consult a dentist – a quick visit to your dental lab will solve most problems with breaks, maintenance or readjustments.
Here are a few tips and tricks to clean and care for your dentures at home:
- Rinse your denture after each meal. If possible, brush your tongue at the same time as this gets rid of odour-causing bacteria.
- Brush your gums in the morning and evening with a soft toothbrush to stimulate the gum and to minimise fungal growth and bacteria build up.
Cleaning your denture
- Dentures are fragile and therefore it is important to handle them with care. A suggestion is to line the basin with a face cloth before laying your denture on it. This will help prevent a break if they slip out of your hand.
- Use the prescribed cleaner and soak the denture to clean. Clean water can be used if no cleaner is available.
- To inhibit fungus growth a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar can be used to soak the denture.
- Alcohol, abrasive cleaners (like toothpaste), boiling water or bleach should NEVER be used on your denture. Contact your clinical dental technician for advice on the correct cleaning product and procedure.
- NEVER put your denture in the microwave or dishwasher to clean or soak.
- Do not make any adjustments or repairs yourself. Contact your dental lab as soon as you suspect damage. A quick repair can save you money and discomfort down the line.
- Scratched or chipped dentures will harbour plaque and bacteria which causes bad breath. Have your dental lab repair damages as soon as you notice it.
- As you age, your mouth will continue to change as bone under the denture shrinks and wears away. This will allow food to get in between your denture and your gum. Consult your clinical dental technician to assess if a reline can solve this problem.
- Lastly and most importantly – see your dental technician at least once a year for a quick re-polish and buff session. It makes a world of difference!
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