Like natural teeth, dentures can accumulate plaque and food debris, particularly in those areas where the denture is in contact with the remaining teeth and gum. In addition to the usual oral hygiene measures like tooth brushing, dentures should be cleaned regularly. Poor denture hygiene results in stains on the denture and a bad odour.
1. If possible, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal
2. Use a soft handbrush or a special denture brush
3. Avoid very hot water as it may distort the denture
4. Use mild detergent to clean. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that can roughen the polished surface of the denture. Do not use bleach as this may whiten the pink acrylic
5. Hold the denture firmly while cleaning. Accidental dropping of the denture may result in chipped or broken dentures. Always wash your denture over a basin of water
6. Soak the dentures in denture cleaner once a week to remove stains and always rinse them thoroughly before using the dentures again.
For how long should dentures be worn?
During the first few days, you are advised to wear them most of the time except when sleeping. Always remove the dentures before going to bed. This will allow your gum tissues to rest and promote oral health. Gentle massaging of the gums with a soft toothbrush is encouraged.
What happens at subsequent denture reviews?
Your jaw bones and gums naturally shrink over time and this can cause the dentures to fit less securely. Ill-fitting dentures can give rise to chewing difficulties, soreness, infections and changes in facial support.
It is important that you visit your dentist to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated yearly. Your dentures may need to be adjusted, relieved or even relined from time to time to ensure an optimal fit. Do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself; seek professional help instead.
With time and practice you will soon learn to eat, talk and smile with your dentures as you would with your natural teeth.
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