The whole point of having dentures is to enable a person who has lost some or all of their teeth to eat, smile, and talk naturally. These functions that many of us take for granted are only possible if your denture is comfortable and well maintained. Knowing how to clean your dentures is essential to maintain good oral hygiene but sometimes you may need to take additional steps to destroy tough to remove bacteria.
Before we start talking about cleaning false teeth, let’s take a look at the reason why food gets stuck in dentures.
How Food Gets Stuck in Dentures?
Some people seem to find that their dentures attract stuck food like pollen attract bees. But how does food get stuck on, in, or even under dentures?
- Sometimes food naturally falls to the bottom of your mouth when you’re eating, and this can result in food particles edging their way beneath your denture
- Often, your tongue can push food underneath your top denture
- Finally, there are certain foods that are able to stick to dentures easier than they can stick to your natural teeth
How Does Trapped Food Cause Problems to Build Up?
Food particles can adhere to certain areas of your dentures more than others and if they’re not removed regularly, a variety of oral problems can develop.
Bad breath is a common concern among denture wearers and it’s true that when food accumulates in the mouth, it can turn unpleasant in just a few hours.
Inflammation of the soft tissues is another valid concern. When hard to remove food particles accumulate on certain areas of your denture – particularly those that are in contact with your mouth – bacteria from these leftovers can transfer to your gums and soft tissues causing an infection.
Various studies have also shown that there is a connection between poor oral health and chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. This means that no matter what type you’re fitted with, it’s essential to know how to clean your dentures.
So, with this in mind, what’s the best way of cleaning false teeth?
Removable partial or full dentures require the correct care to keep them clean, stain-free and looking their best. To care for your dentures follow the following steps:
- Remove and rinse after eating wherever possible – rinse your dentures under the cold tap to remove any particles of food. You may want to fill the sink half-full of water so that your dentures don’t crack should you drop them.
- Be careful with your dentures – Take care when handling your denture so that you don’t bend the clasps or damage the plastic during cleaning
- Clean your mouth – Having removed your dentures you should clean any natural teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Follow this up by brushing your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth. If you’ve used any denture adhesive, then also make sure this is removed from your gums.
- Brush your dentures daily – Your dentures should be removed and gently cleaned at least once a day.
- Using soft-bristle brush and denture cleaner – Let them soak for a short while and then use your soft-bristle brush and a denture cleaner to remove any trapped particles of food, plaque, and any other deposits. Ensure that any adhesive has been removed from the grooves that fit against your gums.
- Soak your dentures overnight – Removing your dentures overnight gives your gums a rest while soaking your dentures helps keep them moist so they retain their shape. We recommend you fill a glass with tepid water (never hot) and simply drop in a denture cleaner tablet, so it dissolves. Make sure that the water completely covers your dentures and leave them to soak while you sleep. A long soak will often remove stains and debris that your toothbrush doesn’t.
- Discard the cleaning solution – then rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water before putting them back into your mouth. Cleaning solutions often contain harsh chemicals which can burn your mouth or cause you to vomit so take extra care when rinsing.
Do’s and Don’ts When Cleaning False Teeth
- Do incorporate a special denture cleaner into your denture cleaning routine such as Polident which is said to remove up to 99% of bacterial odour.
- Do use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Don’t use regular toothpaste as it can be slightly abrasive and may cause fine scratches on the plastic surface which could harbour bacteria
So there you have it ….. all you need to know about how to clean dentures.
Having a daily routine for cleaning your dentures should ensure they remain in pristine condition for many years to come.
It’s also recommended to visit your dentist to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. We can advise when an appointment should be scheduled. The fit of your dentures will be checked for comfort and to avoid slippage and an oral examination will be conducted to check that your mouth is healthy inside.
Should your dentures become loose, then it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as you can, since loose-fitting dentures can cause infection, irritation, and sores.
If you’re considering full or partial dentures, then why not come and speak to the experienced team at Sandstone Point Dental. We’re passionate about creating natural-looking dentures that will give you back your smile and your confidence.
Call (07) 5429 5628 today..