Taking good care of our denture is really important, because for some people that have lost some of their teeth, if not all, a denture provides an excellent solution to this problem. Also, neglecting good and consistent caring can deteriorate the denture, making it more prominent to break, not mentioning all the diseases and problems it can attract to our mouth, affecting our precious smile.
Try to always handle your dentures with great care. This means that you have to avoid dropping them by accident, so remember to place them over a folded towel and be careful when handling them near a full sink of water. Just don’t forget to pay close attention to dentures when you are not wearing them so you don’t leave them behind and lose them.
As for cleaning, brush and rinse dentures daily, at least twice a day. Also try to not use toothpaste regularly, as regular toothpaste is abrasive and can create tiny scratches where the food debris and plaque can build up. Remember to be very gentle when brushing to avoid damaging them.
Other benefits from regular brushing, besides removing food and plaque from dentures, is that it prevents permanent stains on its surface. Try to utilize a toothbrush with soft bristles, and if it is specifically designed for cleaning dentures, the better. Hard bristled toothbrushes just wear down dentures, resulting in great damage in the long run, so be careful! And after brushing dentures, do not forget to rinse them, especially after every meal.
We mentioned that using regular toothpaste to clean your denture is bad, so instead you can use hand soap or a mild dishwashing liquid for this purpose. Although you can find specialized denture cleaners out there in the marker, and at very discounted prices in pharmacies in Los Algodones. Remember always that most household cleansers and toothpastes are too abrasive for dentures, so it is not a good idea to use them!
On the same note, avoid using bleach, this can cause decolorize the pink portion that imitates the gums of the denture. Some patients ask about ultrasonic cleaners that can be used to care for dentures, these cleaners looks like small bathtubs that contain a cleaning solution in which you can immerse the denture in it and then sound waves created by the device clean it, like magic!.
However, despite all the new and modern methods to clean denture, nothing will replace the good old daily brushing. But if you are the type of people that like to be trendy and cool, look for products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, these are the most recommended by dentist, and again, Los Algodones is the place to look out for them.
Another pro tip is to take good care of your denture dentures when you are not wearing them. Dentures need to be kept moist while the patient is not wearing them to avoid they dry out and lose their original shape. Remember to always place the denture in a special cleanser soaking solution or in water. Avoid using hot water, as this can cause your dentures to deform and lose their shape.
However, if your denture possesses any metal attachments, the attachments could become compromised if placed in a soaking solution. Ask your dentist to recommend you the best advices for caring for your denture in particular.
A golden tip that we can stress enough to share is that Never ever sleep with your dentures on. Unless your dentist suggest you that for a specific reason, it is not a good idea to wear them overnight, as it can attract bacteria, which can develop infections and other diseases as we pointed out before.
And as a bonus tip, do not use toothpicks to clean food debris from your denture, it can severely damage them as you can’t feel the artificial teeth as you would with natural teeth. It may seem like an obvious advice, but it is incredible how many patient ruin their dentures due to this.
And as a conclusion to this list of tips, clean your mouth every day. Remember to also clean and massage your gums, tongue, and other areas of the mouth, like the roof before putting on your dentures. This will definitely help you keep your mouth healthy from any kind of affections like gingivitis and many others.