Cleaning Your Dentures
You obviously use your dentures like your teeth, which means you need to take care of them like your regular teeth. This means you’ll have to brush and rinse them after you eat.
Plus, when you go to bed at night, take them out and soak them in a denture solution to help reduce bacteria. This also will give your gums a breather each night.
6 TIPS FOR CLEAN DENTURES
- Best Denture Cleaning Solutions: There are a number of denture cleaning products in the market. They range from pastes to cream. But you don’t need to buy anything special if you don’t want to. You can simply use soap and water. Or if you think you can still taste the soap when you put them in your mouth, you can use a toothpaste that is slightly abrasive.
- Be Firm Yet Gentle: Your dentures are tough, but at the same time they are fragile. Make sure that whatever you use to clean them isn’t going to scratch your dentures or crack them. This means no abrasive chemicals or brushing aggressively with a hard toothbrush.
- Holding Your Dentures: The plastic that your dentures are made out of feel hard or sturdy, but it needs to handled with a gentle touch. If you are too rough with them, you may loosen one of hte teeth.
- Water Temperature: You may think your killing off the bacteria or sterilizing your dentures by washing them in hot water, but you risk warping them or changing how they fit in your mouth. The best water temperature to clean your dentures with is cool water. And for extra protection, fill the sink with cool water first and put a washcloth on the bottom. This way was your washing your dentures they won’t break if they happen to fall.
- Best Denture Overnight Soaking Solution: Like the cleaning products you use to scrub your dentures, there are many overnight soaking solutions on the markets. A couple popular ones are Polident and Efferdent or Polident. Just remember to rinse them off the next morning before you put them back in your mouth.
- New Toothbrush: Don’t use the same toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth. Your dentures should get their own toothbrush. And when it comes to cleaning your gums, you can either brush them gently or use a washcloth.
Your Houston dentist at Midtown Dentistry can provide you with more tips on how to clean your dentures if you need them or have any special concerns. We also have a great ultrasonic denture cleaner to help give your dentures an extra special cleaning.