Full and partial dentures require specific care to avoid stains, remove bacteria, and to maintain a comfortable fit. At Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton California, we want to help you with a few tips and tricks for proper denture care.
- Handle Your Dentures Gently
- Rinse Them Off After Every Meal
- Use A Soft Toothbrush To Brush Daily
- Use Only Proper Cleansers
- Soak Them Each Night
- Don’t Miss Those Dental Appointments
New Habits For Your New Smile
Taking care of dentures every day requires a delicate balance of oral hygienic habits that can be difficult to get used to at first. We know you want your new smile to last, but it’s easier than you think to damage false teeth.
Handle With Care For Years Of Use
Placing artificial teeth under hot water, for example, can cause warping which affects the way they fit in your mouth. Never use products that contain bleach in an attempt to clean stained dentures. Bleach and whitening toothpaste can cause discoloration and may be too abrasive.
A Little Bit Of Insurance
Accidents happen, but trying to avoid dropping your set of teeth onto the floor, counter, or in the sink will help them last a lot longer. Always create a soft landing situation in case the dentures happen to slip from your grasp.
For example, you can fill the sink with water or use a folded a washcloth underneath the area you use to clean or rinse them daily.
Yes, You Still Need That Brush
Remove plaque and food particles by brushing your artificial teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush made specifically for cleaning dentures. Take them out and scrub all the surfaces thoroughly. Be sure to hold them gently while you clean and rinse.
Don’t Forget The Rest Of Your Mouth
Cleaning your mouth is important too. Proper gum care after dentures requires you to continue to take care to brush your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Keep your gums healthy by rinsing out your mouth with lukewarm salt water.
What To Do If You Still Have Teeth
If you have partial dentures, remove them before brushing your remaining natural teeth and take extra care to brush the teeth that fit inside the metal clasps. A soft-bristled brush is perfect for cleaning your palate and gums, particularly each morning before putting your teeth back in.
Be Careful With Denture-Soaking Agents
Overnight soaking products are specifically designed to clean the type of dental plastics used in the manufacturing of dentures. It’s important that you soak your set of teeth each night so that they never dry out. Otherwise, they will slowly lose their shape and need to be professionally re-fit.
These cleansers are only intended for overnight sanitizing. Always remember to rinse your dentures with warm water to thoroughly remove these products. Never use the cleanser in your mouth.
When It’s Time For A Helping Hand
If your dentures are stained, it means it’s time for a professional denture cleaning. Plastic parts and delicate clasps can break easily. It’s best to let your dentist adjust your dentures as well. We have the proper tools and know how to make sure you always get the perfect fit and the brightest smile.
Your Pleasanton Dentist For Dentures
Dentures typically will last five to seven years before they need replacing. At Gateway Dental care, we are here to help you get and care for false teeth. Call our Pleasanton, CA office for an appointment today. We can’t wait to help you order, clean, tighten, refit or repair your dentures professionally.