You've just got your first set of dentures and you're not sure how to clean them. Don't worry: you're Gettysburg denture specialist is here to help! The following advice (and cleaning procedure) will ensure that you properly clean your dentures.
Before cleaning your dentures for the first time, it's important to follow a few basic guidelines, which include:
- Never clean your dentures in boiling water. Remember, your dentures are made of material that may warp and make it impossible to fit them in your mouth.
- Dentures are strong, but not impossible to break. Dropping them while cleaning over a hard surface (such as a sink) can cause serious damage. Fill the sink with water before cleaning to help cushion the blow. Or place a towel or washcloth in the sink to help cushion the blow.
- Never use metal scrapers, scouring pads, hard brushes, or other abrasive cleaning tools, as they can scratch the surface of your dentures.
Follow these simple safety procedures when cleaning your dentures and they'll last a lot longer.
Daily Cleaning Method
You're going to have to take great care to clean your dentures every day. Start by brushing your dentures after every meal. Take them out of your mouth and scrub them with antibacterial soap and a soft or ultra soft toothbrush. Make sure to pay attention to areas that are hard to reach towards the back of the mouth. Scrub the "gum" area to avoid bad breath.
Now, run your dentures under warm water to break away any food particles. To eliminate nasty smells, soak them in denture tablet cleaner for overnight to remove bacteria and stain. Rinse them with water before returning to your mouth.
Regular maintenance and cleaning of your dentures ensures that they will stray strong, sturdy, and wear-free for years to come. In fact, it can elongate their lifespan up to 20 years!
Julie C. Berger DDS, MS is a Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.