Whether you wear full or partial dentures, it’s vital that you, while away from your clinical dental practice, can still look after your dentures at home.
In this latest Smiles & More blog, we’re going to give you our top tips for looking after full or partial dentures at home – just like a clinical dental clinician would at an appointment!
Clean and brush your dentures daily
Get into the habit of cleaning and brushing your natural teeth, gums, tongue, palate and dentures after every meal. This helps to remove leftover food particles but prevents stains, plaque and bacteria from forming. See our simple guide here.
Make sure to rinse your dentures with warm running water first, then gently clean them using a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleanser.
Standard toothbrushes can discolour dentures, and at Smiles & More, we’d highly recommend avoidance of bleaching products as these can weaken your full or partial dentures.
Handle with care
Full or partial dentures need to be handled carefully, especially when cleaning or removing them.
An expert tip would be to place your full or partial dentures on a soft towel before cleaning; this keeps your dentures on a smooth surface. Should you spill any water, it reduces the risk of them sliding or falling and breaking from your sink area.
Should you have any residual food stuck in your full or partial denture, don’t try to remove it with a toothpick.
These can damage your teeth and always keep them out of sight and reach of children or pets; the last thing we want is for you to break your dentures!
Soak in a solution
Most dentures need to be kept moist to maintain their shape and comfortably fit inside your mouth. Soaking them in a mild denture solution when they are not used, especially overnight, is the best way to protect them from damage.
Check the fitting
Finally, if you feel that your full or partial dentures are a lot looser than usual and just don’t seem to fit right, this could be a result of your gums and jaw bone shrinking over time.
An appointment with Gary at Smiles & More is exactly what you need if this is the case! Gary can assess your full or partial denture and make the best decision on the right fit for your mouth and facial features.