When it comes to replacing missing teeth and restoring a smile, dentures provide a solid solution and we’re sure you want to keep them looking as fresh and attractive as when you first got them.
Similar to natural teeth, denture cleaning is essential to remove any lingering food debris that may, in turn, cause the build-up of plaque and stains. With this in mind, it helps to understand how to remove plaque from dentures.
Here’s everything you need to know…
The Importance Of Clean Dentures
If you wear dentures it’s important to clean them thoroughly. Irrespective of whether you have full or partial dentures and whether they’re made from plastic or acrylic with metal clasps, they all get covered with a film of plaque when they’re worn in the mouth.
Some patients think that having dentures means there’s no need to worry about cleaning them as they’re not real teeth. However, denture cleaning is critical to keep the mouth healthy, prevent bad breath and helps to reduce further damage to the teeth that partial dentures are attached to.
What Exactly Is Plaque?
Basically, it’s a collection of waste products, microorganisms and a thick film of bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Just as you need to remove plaque from your teeth, gums, and tongue, so you need to remove it from your dentures. Why?
If you don’t clean your dentures, plaque can irritate and infect your gums, cause a fungal infection of the mouth, and in the case of partial denture wearers, it also increases the risk of decay on the remaining teeth.
How To Remove Plaque From Dentures?
Before denture cleaning can commence, it’s necessary to first remove the denture. This is a good opportunity to brush any remaining teeth as well as other areas of the mouth, including your palate, tongue and gums. This will make your breath smell fresh and your mouth will feel clean.
Dentures need to be kept moist to retain their special shape, so it’s important to take them out of our mouth every night and leave them to soak in a container of water. It also gives your gums a chance to rest and your mouth to breathe.
The easiest way to clean dentures and remove plaque is to use a special denture brush or a soft toothbrush and liquid or hand soap. It’s best to avoid a regular toothbrush and toothpaste because these are abrasive and can be too harsh to use against plastic or acrylic dentures. Forceful scrubbing will result in fine scratches on the surface and cause premature wear.
Denture cleaning should also be carried out over a basin partially filled with water. This way, should you accidentally drop them, they won’t suffer any damage. Be sure to use cold or tepid water to clean dentures as hot water can distort the shape of modern denture materials, in particular, flexible dentures.
Make sure to clean every part of the denture – inside, outside, fitting surface, biting surface, the teeth, inside and outside of clasps, and any other surfaces that come into contact with natural teeth. Denture cleaning can be challenging because of all the nooks and crannies and because it’s hard to see plaque, so you may even want to resort to a baby’s toothbrush for those hard to reach areas.
How To Remove Plaque From Dentures – Other Options?
Another way to remove plaque effectively when cleaning dentures is to use specialised cleaning tablets, but it’s important to brush your dentures first to remove the bulk of food residue and plaque otherwise the tablets won’t be as effective.
To maintain clean dentures and avoid the build-up of plaque, we recommend cleaning your dentures after each meal simply by removing them and rinsing them under the cold tap to loosen and flush away any food particles. You can also use a denture-cleaning tablet a couple of times a week to help reduce staining.
Another option to help loosen hardened plaque or tartar is to soak your dentures in a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water. Do not do this if you have metal parts on your denture since the acid in vinegar may cause corrosion.
Finally, your dentist can clean your dentures professionally whenever you visit for an examination. They will use special ultrasonic scalers which gently vibrate to remove plaque and tartar leaving your dentures looking clean and shiny. It’s a good idea to visit your dentist regularly to check the fit of your dentures, comfort, and to make any necessary adjustments.
Clean dentures are just as important as clean teeth and it only takes a few minutes of your time each day to get great results.
If you are considering dentures to replace your missing teeth, then why not schedule an appointment with Sandstone Point Dental. At our friendly denture clinic, we offer a variety of modern dentures to address all dental needs and are happy to answer all of your denture questions. Why not call us today on 07 5429 5628 or book an appointment online. We’d love to hear from you.