Proper denture care is important for maintaining your dentures and maintaining your oral health as well.
Brush and Rinse Your Dentures Daily (But Not with Toothpaste)
It is important to brush your dentures every day (for the same reasons you brush your natural teeth). Ensure that you brush all surfaces of your dentures.
However, you want to avoid brushing your teeth with toothpaste.
Instead, you want to use a cleaner that is specifically formulated for dentures. The reason for not using toothpaste is it can create microscopic scratches that allow food and plaque to build up on the dentures.
It is important to also choose a toothbrush that is made for cleaning dentures. Hard-bristled brushes, for example, can wear down your dentures and should not be used.
It is also important to rinse your dentures after every time you eat. This will remove food and other deposits.
Practise Proper Care When You’re Not Wearing Them
Dentures have to be cared for in a certain way when you’re not wearing them. In short, they have to be kept sort of wet in order to avoid drying them out or causing them to lose their structure.
To do this, most dentures need to placed in either a soaking solution for dentures or in water (however, ensure that you never place them in hot water as this can cause them to lose their shape).
Consult Your Dentist For Specific Caring Instructions
Some dentures need to be cared for differently than others. Dentures with metal attachments, for example, can be ruined if placed in water.
As such, it’s important to ensure that you consult your dentist regarding care instructions for the specific type of dentures that you have.
Avoid the Following
It is important to keep your dentures away from tooth-whitening toothpastes (these are very abrasive), products that contain bleach (these can weaken dentures and cause them to change colour), as well as toothpaste and hard-bristled brushes like those mentioned above.
Never Repair Dentures Yourself
You can find DIY denture repair kits, but you should avoid these as they can permanently damage your dentures. Some glues may also contain chemicals that can harm you.
Keep in mind that you want to avoid bending any clasps or other metal attachments on your dentures as doing so can cause further disrepair and can even permanently damage your dentures.
Also keep in mind that even if you have dentures, professional teeth cleanings are still important.
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