Caring for DenturesWednesday, March 19th, 2014, 8:11 pm
Proper care of your dentures is important for your oral health and can extend the life of your dentures.
Dentures are breakable if dropped so take care when handling them. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cleaned. Brushing will remove food and plaque. Denture material can stain so brushing away food debris and surface stains will help prevent permanent staining. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, never a hard brush, and gently brush all surfaces.
Denture cleaners help clean and kill bacteria that clings to the dentures. Never use household cleansers or whitening toothpastes to clean your dentures – these are very abrasive and will scratch the denture. Don’t use bleach to clean the denture because it may bleach out the pink portion of the appliance. Ultrasonic cleaners (like jewelry cleaners) can be very helpful for maintaining your dentures. Never use hot water to clean a denture as it may cause the denture to warp. When dentures are not in your mouth they should not be allowed to dry out.
Your dentist can adjust and repair your denture when needed. New dentures may need follow-up appointments for adjustments until they feel comfortable. Please don’t attempt a do-it-yourself repair on your dentures, bending the metal clasps or attempting to use a household glue can permanently weaken these structures.
A set of dentures is not permanent. The jawbone will shrink over time since it is no longer serving to anchor teeth. The dentures may need to be relined or remade due to normal wear and tear and age related changes in gums and bone.