How to Clean Dentures
Tooth loss is a common concern as people age. Missing teeth compromise the health, strength, and appearance of the smile. When tooth loss is widespread, dentures are often the most practical solution. Dentures replace up to an entire arch of teeth to restore oral functions and enhance the aesthetics of the smile.
Dentures are strong and durable restorations, but they need to be cared for properly to maximize their lifespan and preserve good oral health. Cleaning is a vital part of denture care. The dentists at Gooch Family Dental in Birmingham, AL, teach patients how to clean dentures, preparing them to keep dentures looking good and functioning at their best.
Why Should I Clean My Dentures?
Dentures and other dental restorations are made of plastics, acrylics, and metals that are not a part natural to the body. Because of this, dentures are not subject to decay like natural teeth. Although dentures cannot develop a cavity or suffer from acid erosion, they still require cleaning.
Denture materials are porous. Although they are resistant to staining, they can become discolored over time. Discoloration is especially likely if a person consumes deeply colored foods and beverages, and if dentures are not cleaned regularly. Proper cleaning allows our Birmingham patients to maintain the bright white color of their dentures.
Clean dentures are also vital to good oral health. Dentures cannot be damaged by acids or bacteria, but surrounding gums and natural teeth can. Without regular cleaning, dentures can hold on to sugars, acids, and food particles that attract bacteria, which can lead to decay or infection in the gums or adjacent teeth.
How Often Should I Clean My Dentures?
Ideally, dentures should be removed and rinsed after each meal. Rinsing with water removes food particles and other loose debris that can get trapped between dentures and the gums. Dentures should be brushed once a day and should be soaked overnight while a person sleeps.
Best Dentures Cleaning Practices
Cleaning is essential to preserving dentures' appearance and preventing oral health problems. However, if dentures are not cleaned properly, materials can be scratched and the dentures can be damaged. We suggest our Birmingham patients follow these cleaning practices to preserve their dentures:
- Brush dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner
- Brush all surfaces of the dentures
- Make sure to clean the groove that sits against the gum line to remove any denture adhesive
- Soak dentures in water or a mild denture-cleaning solution overnight (moisture is essential to maintaining dentures’ shape)
- Clean the gums and soft tissues of the mouth while dentures are removed (tissues can be cleaned with a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze)
- Rinse dentures after removing them from the cleaning solution before placing them in the mouth
- Continue to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings
Send Us a Message
Dentures are strong and durable replacements for missing teeth. If you have suffered widespread tooth loss and would like to learn more about dentures treatment, the dentists at Gooch Family Dental can answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment at our dental practice, send us a message online or call (205) 991-9892 at your earliest convenience.