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Tried and Tested Tips on Denture Care

Posted on : 24th Aug 2018

If you’re on denture, it’s important to take proper care of it. But the question is how? A reputed oral health specialist in London discusses some vital tips to take care of your dentures.

  • Brush and rinse the dentures every day, but avoid using toothpaste: Even normal toothpastes have abrasive properties to some extent. So, the specialist at the emergency dental care in Westminster suggests avoiding toothpaste when you brush and rinse your dentures. Abrasive elements present in toothpaste create minor scratches on the denture surface. These scratches facilitate plaque build-up. Brush the denture very gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is particularly designed for this purpose. Apart from daily brushing, you also need to rinse your dentures after every meal.
     
  • Use a denture cleaner: You can use hand soaps or mild dishwashing liquids to clean dentures. You should also avoid applying any bleaching agent to them. These days, ultrasonic cleaners are used in denture care. These cleaning devices are somewhat like a bathtub filled with a cleaning solution. You need to immerse the denture in the tub and then, the sound waves will do the rest, dislodging the unwanted deposits from the surface of your denture. However, according to dental health experts, daily brushing the dentures is more effective than cleaning it using ultrasonic cleaners.
     
  • Take care of the dentures when you’re not wearing them: Dentures are likely to get dried out and deformed when you’re not using them. You should keep them moist to avoid such problems. When the dentures are not in use, they must be left soaking in denture cleanser solutions. However, you can also leave them in plain water, just make sure that they remain properly soaked in the liquid. Do not ever put your dentures in hot water.
     
  • Follow up appointments after getting your dentures: You’re likely to get one or more follow-up appointments after getting your dentures. These appointments are meant for making any necessary adjustments to the dentures; you should never try to make these adjustments on your own to avoid damaging them.
     
  • Denture replacement: In course of time, your denture may require relining, rebasing and remaking due to normal wear and tear effects. Age-related changes to your mouth, gums and jaw bones also contribute to replacing the dentures. Usually, complete dentures last for about 6 to 7 years before they need to be replaced.
     
  • Maintaining oral care and hygiene with dentures: Even if you’re on full dentures, you must brush your mouth properly every morning before wearing the dentures. If you’re on partial denture, remove it before brushing the teeth every time. Rinse the mouth with lukewarm salt water and make sure to massage the gums regularly with the fingertip when you’re on dentures.

The expert at the Westminster Emergency Dental Practice suggests to switch to a balanced diet to ensure healthy teeth and the gums. Leave it on your prosthodontist to decide how frequently you should come for check-ups to ensure the dentures work smoothly in your mouth.

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