Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. It is important that you maintain your dentures with a proper oral hygiene routine, to prevent inflamed gums and fungal infections. Although technological advancements in dentistry now allow dentures to look more natural and feel more comfortable, wearing dentures still takes a bit of getting used to. Therefore, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you maintain your dentures and keep your mouth bacteria free.
Handle your dentures with care.
Most patients who wear dentures have to have them replaced after the dentures get damaged due to falling. To avoid accidentally dropping your dentures, ensure that you clean it over a folded towel or a sink filled with water, to prevent the dentures from slipping and falling onto a hard surface.
Brush and rinse your dentures daily.
Dentures must be cleaned daily to remove food particles and plaque, and also to prevent the build-up of stains. Use a soft tufted brush instead of a hard-bristled brush that could damage or prematurely wear the dentures. It is also a good idea to rinse your dentures after every meal.
Clean your dentures
Cleaning dentures can be easy and inexpensive. Using hand soap or a mild dishwashing liquid can effectively clean dentures. However, avoid using household cleaners such as bleach or toothpaste that may be too abrasive.
Keep your dentures moist, even when you are not wearing them.
Don’t allow your dentures to dry as this could cause it to “warp” or lose shape. Do not soak your dentures in hot water either, as this may cause premature damage.
For more tips on how to maintain your dentures, contact a Dentist in Cape Town.