After our patients receive their dentures, we take the time to teach them how to clean them the right way. Our patients are often surprised that they need to actually brush their dentures at night. Most people think the only thing they need to do is drop their false teeth in a cleaning solution and that’s it.
Here is the right way to clean your dentures every day.
1. Take Your Dentures Out
To have clean dentures, you should completely remove your false teeth from your mouth. You can do a quick brush with your dentures in your mouth during the day if you need to. However, when you are brushing at night, take them out.
2. Use a Denture Brush or Soft Bristled Brush
It is best to brush your dentures with a brush that is designed for denture care, but if you don’t have one, use a soft bristled toothbrush. Do not use a hard bristled toothbrush, because it can damage your dentures.
Load the brush with over the counter hand soap and go over the outside and inside of your dentures. Make sure you get in the ridges and grooves to remove any food particles. This denture cleaning process should be done daily and with warm water in order to keep food particles from accumulating on your dentures.
Can You Use an Ultrasonic Cleaner?
An ultrasonic cleaner is not as effective as using a brush. If you use one, make sure you brush the teeth to help remove anything the ultrasonic device can’t remove.
3. Keep Them Wet
When your dentures are not in your mouth, you need to keep them in a solution. Allowing them to dry out can cause the teeth to lose their shape.
If you choose to soak your dentures overnight, make sure to soak dentures in a cleaning solution. Plain water can cause bacteria to grow. It’s not necessary to soak in a denture cleaner every night, but if you don’t, make sure you add a little moisture to your denture case to keep it wet. And don’t forget to brush your gums when you are cleaning your dentures.
Also, it is important that you use room temperature or warm water but never hot water. Hot water can cause your dentures to warp.
4. Have Regular Dental Check-ups
Just like your natural teeth, your prosthetic teeth need to be cleaned by a dentist two times a year. Dr. Roe always cleans our patients’ teeth and inspects the prosthetic for damage. Regular check-ups are very important to your oral health, even if you have prosthetic teeth.
Call Us For An Appointment
If you need a regular cleaning, call us today for an appointment. We will set you up at a time that works for your schedule. Also, Dr. Roe can make adjustments if they are not fitting you properly.
Call us now so we can take care of you. We look forward to hearing from you.