Denture care is quite easy so long as you follow a few steps every day. Following the five steps below, plus some final considerations, will prolong the investment you made when you purchased dentures.
1. Let Your Dentures Have an All-Night Bath
Before you go to bed, be sure to remove your dentures and soak them overnight in either water or a mild denture cleaning solution. Denture cleaning solutions can be found in any pharmacy. While technically it is ok to wear them at night, it is recommended to remove them to give your gums and jaw bone a chance to relax from the pressure the dentures exert on them. Always remember to rinse your dentures if you have had them in a denture-soaking solution. These solutions may cause unpleasant side effects, such as vomiting or burns.
2. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
At a minimum, you should clean your dentures once a day. This will keep them looking good and make sure bacteria does not get a chance to multiply on them. Whatever you do, absolutely avoid using toothpaste. It is made for polishing teeth, which are quite hard. When used on plastic dentures, toothpaste will cause cuts and abrasions. Instead, dish washing liquid is a great alternative to toothpaste. You can use either a soft-toothbrush, set aside just for your denture care, or a denture brush.
3. Avoid Bleach
It seems like bleach would be a good choice for whitening; however, dentures will actually weaken in the solution and may become warped. Furthermore, all products which contain chlorine should be avoided on dentures that contain metal because it will corrode them. Stubborn stains may need the attention of your prosthodontist. He will know how to safely remove them.
4. Avoid Chewing Gum
Chewing gum will be very difficult to remove from your dentures, and it will harden and stain them. Also, chewing gum will break the seal on your dentures and will loosen them, which will require extra hassle on your part to clean and reseal them.
5. Take Care of the Rest of Your Mouth
Just as you want to use a soft brush to clean your dentures, you will also want to use one for cleaning the gum underneath your denture and the surrounding teeth. You can also use it to clean the top of your mouth. This will avoid causing pain in sensitive areas.
While cleaning your dentures, make sure to be gentle with them so that you do not warp or bend them. Also, place a towel or wash cloth on the bottom of the sink you are using. This will prevent your dentures from breaking if they should fall out of your hands.