31 Jul Hygiene rules for dentures
Plaque can form on the artificial teeth of your dentures just as it does on natural teeth. Over time, plaque hardens and transforms into a build-up of tartar, which more easily retains bacteria. These bacteria can cause irritation, digestion problems and even gum disease. Brushing your dentures regularly prevents these unpleasant and uncomfortable situations.
Furthermore, improper care of your dentures can also lead to other types of problems like discolouration of the pink acrylic portion of your dentures, loss of shine of the teeth or even staining.
Did you know that abrasive products like regular toothpaste and bleach can damage the acrylic surface of your dentures?
If this surface is scratched, it will retain more food particles, which could cause stains.
Respecting certain basic hygiene rules will give you fresh breath and improve your overall oral health. Here are the most important rules:
Rinse your mouth regularly with lukewarm water or an alcohol-free mouthwash—this will eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath.
Brush your dentures gently after each meal with a very soft-bristled brush. Use a gel toothpaste, as regular toothpastes are too abrasive and could damage your dentures. Note: brushing too hard could lead to other problems like loss of shine of the teeth and wear of the acrylic.
Also gently brush your tongue, your gums and the roof of your mouth. Regular brushing of these parts of the mouth (for one minute a day) will stimulate blood circulation, strengthen your gums and eliminate bacteria.
Take out your dentures to sleep. This allows your gums to breathe and rest. To prevent the acrylic part of the prosthesis from drying out and discolouring, simply place it in a denture case with an antibacterial denture cleanser, leave it there overnight and rinse it in the morning.
Finally, consult your denturist at least once a year. The annual examination of your dentures will allow them to see in advance any problems that may arise. The annual exam is free. Why not make an appointment?