Whether it is a full – top and bottom both – or a partial, your denture is taking the place of your natural teeth and should be treated as such, with some modification. Regular toothpaste for instance, is not good for dentures but you can use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently remove leftover food particles and prevent plaque buildup.
Before you start to clean your denture place a soft towel in the sink where you will be working. If your denture should hit against the hard porcelain surface it could break, but having a soft cushion of protection can reduce the risk.
There are “ultrasonic” cleaners available, but a mild soapy liquid will work as well as anything to keep your dentures fresh. Avoid whitening preparations that contain bleach or abrasives. Look for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association and use it as your guide when shopping for denture products.
Where should you store your dentures? You won’t want to wear them all the time, so when you do take your dentures out put them in a cleansing solution or a container of cool water right away. It’s important not to let them dry out. Your dentist can advise you depending on the particular type of denture that you have been fitted with.
While your denture is out clean your mouth thoroughly – gums and tongue especially – with a soft brush or gauze cloth. If your denture has been soaking overnight be sure to rinse it off before putting it back in your mouth.
If you take good care of your denture it should serve you well, but don’t fail to keep regular appointments with your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups. If your denture feels loose or something else seems off, call your dentist right away. It may be that your denture needs adjusting or relining.
Consult with Dr. Conway at Spokane Valley Dentistry if you are considering a partial or full denture. He will do a complete evaluation and recommend the method he feels will be right for you. Call 509-926-6261 today.