Caring for Your Denture
How should I look after my dentures properly?
Apart from daily cleaning -your dentures should be checked every year to monitor fit and wear of your dentures and health of your mouth and supporting tissue.
Your daily routine – you should treat your dentures, as you should your natural teeth, by brushing them regularly after eating. They must be kept as clean as possible to prevent gum infections or further tooth loss. Cleaning of your dentures – there are many products available, we can advise you some options for effective cleaning products that break down the plaque. If your dentures are heavily stained, bleaching is not advisable. If your own cleaning routine is unable to remove the plaque which can lead to tartar, then you may wish for us to clean your dentures professionally for you. We recommend that you remove your dentures at night, this allows massaging of the supporting tissue to encourage a healthy blood flow to the area.
A reline is also part of maintaining your dentures, a reline adds new base material to the tissue side of the denture so that it fits properly, a reline should be considered if the denture is more than 4 years old, or if there has been loss of bone, or issues with ongoing breakages.
Regular maintenance will assist to maximise the lifetime value of your denture.
- Clean daily
- Use a denture brush or soft toothbrush
- Leave your dentures out when sleeping
- Use toothpaste – it may be too abrasive
- Use bleaching agents, especially in hot water
- Scrub too hard – use a soft brush
- Ultra sonic baths gently vibrate build up from your denture.
- Denture cleaning powders or tablets can be used once 2-3 weeks
- Store dentures in water if you are not wearing them for a period of time
- Have your dentures checked Regularly
- Have your dentures relined every 3-5 years. Implant denture every 2 years
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