How to Care for your Dentures
Maintaining your Oral Health is paramount to your Overall Health and your dentures form a large part of your Oral Health. Did you know that Dentures develop a Biofilm over time which is similar to that found on Natural Teeth, including Plaque, Stain and Calculus. Regular denture washing is not sufficient on its own to remove this Biofilm. We want to make it easy for you to maintain your Oral Health with these easy steps.
The DO’s and DON’Ts of What you need to do!
✔️DO wash your dentures in warm soapy water at least twice a day in a large plastic (flat based) tub after every meal to remove food particles and debris, normal dish washing liquid is sufficient
❌DON’T use boiling water as this will distort your dentures, use hand hot warm water.
❌DON’T wash your dentures in the sink – dropping in the sink or banging off the tap is the most common reason for breaking your denture even if it doesn’t break at the time it will weaken the denture causing it to break, usually within 6 months of the bang or drop. IF you must use the sink then place a clean towel into the sink so if you drop the denture it has a soft landing.
❌DON’T use toothpaste on your dentures as this can be too abrasive and may remove the shine from the denture surface. Remember toothpaste is designed for your natural tooth enamel.
✔️DO use a large plastic flat based tub specifically for your dentures and fill with warm soapy water. Use a denture brush or soft toothbrush to ensure you get into the hard to reach areas. Rinse thoroughly after washing.
✔️DO disinfect your dentures at least twice per week for 1 hour using our Nitradine Denture Disinfectant tablets. Remember, most denture disinfectants contain a mild bleaching agent which can overtime change the colour of your dentures. So avoid leaving your dentures soaking overnight in any solution other than fresh water.
✔️DO Leave denture’s out over night to allow the gums and tissue of your mouth to breath. This promotes oral health. IF you cannot leave out for this length please leave out for at least 1 hour once a day to give the tissue under the denture a rest.
Article by Bevin Mahon, B.Soc.Sc. Managing Director of Dental Tech Group and passionate about improving quality of life for our clients