Cleaning your dentures?
Cleaning your dentures is a simple, but important procedure. Dentures are made from a porous resin that can absorb bits of food and bacteria. Simply being in a human mouth for twelve to twenty-four hours a day is reason enough to justify a good cleaning twice a day!
Dentures are fragile, so all cleaning should be done with care to avoid damage. Stick with a toothpaste that is approved for dentures, and avoid regular formulas which are too abrasive. Bleaches, alcohol, whiteners and other cleansers are not recommended. They are simply too harsh and can damage the resin.
Carefully brush your dentures with a soft denture brush and a recommended toothpaste. This will loosen any debris and remove bacteria. It isn’t necessary to brush them after every meal, but rinsing is recommended as it helps flush out any food particles that may be stuck around the teeth. Simply rinsing and brushing will help prevent infection. Be sure to soak your denture cleaning brush in a 50/50 solution of water and clorox once a week to keep it disinfected.
Your gums need a break from the dentures, so they should not be worn at night. The tissue needs to rest. Removing the dentures for the night allows normal stimulation of the gums by your tongue, which promotes the long term health of your gums.
Because they need to be kept moist, soak your dentures in warm water or a solution of denture cleaner at night. You may need to use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to prevent fungal growth. Aloe vera gel is another option. Simply smooth the gel onto the denture once or twice a day. This little bit of preventative care can help you avoid a fungal infection.
Be sure to use only warm water, not boiling, for cleaning and soaking dentures. Do not use the microwave or dishwasher! High temperatures can change the shape. This would be very bad, as dentures are custom fitted to your mouth. Any warping caused by high temperatures would affect the fit.
Developing good habits with denture hygiene right from the beginning will enable you to keep your dentures free from bacteria and odor causing plaque. It only takes a few minutes, and for something as important as your teeth, it is certainly worth the effort.
Sonic Denture Cleaner
A sonic denture cleaner is a great little device for keeping your dentures clean and fresh. They are simple to use and provide superior cleaning power. Many people find that adding a weekly, or even daily, sonic bath to their denture routine is simple and rewarding. By maintaining the freshness and cleanliness of their dentures, they are happier with their appearance and functionality.
Dentures get a good work out everyday. It is important to clean off the plaque and food particles that collect on the surface and around the teeth. Rinsing and brushing dentures is a must, but following up with an ultrasonic cleaner is even better.
So, how does a sonic cleaner work? A sonic bath can be electric or battery powered. In the little tub, you simply place warm water and some denture cleaner. Always follow the package directions for the right amount of cleaner. Gently place your dentures into the appliance, close the cover, and turn it on. It’s that simple!
The sonic denture cleaner uses sound waves, called ultrasonic energy, to make the solution bubble. Those bubbles work into the denture material, loosening dirt, removing food debris, and generally cleaning everything. The sonic cleaner actually scrubs the denture surface with tiny, gentle bubbles. Once the cleaning action is done, it is important to simply rinse your dentures and the sonic cleaner in warm water to remove any of the cleaning solution that may linger.
One of the wonderful things about a sonic denture cleaner is the convenience. You can get it started in the morning, jump into the shower, and your dentures and clean and ready to go before your hair is dry. Not only is it easy and convenient, a sonic cleaner helps keep your dentures stain and odor free. Consider adding this step to your denture care routine.
There is nothing more important for making dentures last longer than proper cleaning, and selecting the right toothbrush for your dentures is oh so important.
To begin, it should be stated that most products made for use on natural teeth are not completely suitable to be used with dentures. Many whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that can actually scratch the surface of the denture. Whitening strips and other bleaching products are designed to get into the surface of natural teeth. Since dentures are typically made of either porcelain or acrylic, these whiteners have no effect on them.
There are many products on the market that have been formulated especially for use with dentures. This article is not intended to endorse any particular brand of denture cleanser. Only your denture professional is qualified to help you make that choice. That being said, let’s talk about toothbrushes. Choosing the right type of toothbrush to clean your denture is very important. There are a number of brushes on the market specifically designated for use with dentures, and they certainly take the guess work out of choosing one. A denture brush has much firmer bristles than a toothbrush for cleaning the crevices of your dentures. Both sides of the brush have bristles so that you can choose from two different brush shapes to clean your dentures. While it’s best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures, it’s not completely necessary.
A regular toothbrush can also be used as long as you use care when using it on your dentures. Be certain to choose a brush with soft rounded bristles and brush in a light circular motion. You will need to pay close attention to covering every area of the denture, especially around any clips and on the underside where plaque can build up. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage your dentures. These can actually leave scratches in the surface of your denture, leaving a place for bacteria to get a toe hold. This will lead to staining and it will be very hard to remove it. In cases like this, the best option is to visit your denture professional to have your dentures polished. This will eliminate the stain as well as the scratch, and give your dentures a fresh lease on life.
Of course, there is one more product that can help keep your dentures in tip top condition. Ultrasonic cleaners are filled with water and possibly your favorite denture soaking solution. The machine uses mini vibrations to shake debris loose. While this can be an effective aid for denture cleaning, it is not a substitute for daily brushing and is not intended to be one.
Daily brushing with the proper type of toothbrush for dentures is the safest, most effective way to keep your dentures looking their best.
After a while, many denture wearers find themselves asking the same question; “How can I get my dentures white again”? The shortest answer to this question is that your dentures cannot be whitened beyond the original shade they were manufactured for. That being said, let’s look at what can be done to either keep your dentures from getting dingy in the first place or restore them to their original brightness.
White Dentures 101
The easiest way to keep your dentures from getting dull in the first place is to clean them properly every night. It is best to use a toothbrush and cleaner made especially for use with dentures. Some of the products made for natural teeth are too harsh and can spoil the finish on your denture, dulling it. Household items like baking soda or liquid dishwashing soap may also be used. Never use harsh or abrasive substances like bleach or scouring powders, and always be sure to thoroughly rinse your dentures before putting them back into your mouth.
Now that we know what to use, lets talk about how to use it. As mentioned previously, it is safest to use a brush specially made for dentures. However, if one is not readily available you can substitute a regular toothbrush with soft rounded bristles. The important thing is to be careful and thorough. Make sure the brush is getting in around any clips, and be especially sure to clean under the pink base. Plaque and bacteria will build up on dentures just as they would on natural teeth.
Since you should give your gums a rest for at least six hours every day, the best idea is to soak your dentures in a glass of water overnight. And here’s a tip, make the solution half water and half vinegar. The vinegar will help loosen any tartar that has accumulated on the denture and also help reduce stains. There are also denture products made specifically for soaking, and you can decide which works best for you, but household vinegar is a great eco-minded solution. It bares mentioning that you should never allow your dentures to dry out, this will cause shrinkage and affect the fit.
If you’ve tried these solutions, but you haven’t been able to get your dentures back to their former sparkling glory, it’s time to consult your denturist, and even he has a couple of options. A denturist can professionally polish your dentures and remove stains. However, as mentioned earlier, your dentures can only be made as white as they were when you first got them. If you are no longer satisfied with the original shade of your dentures, you may want to replace the teeth with a set of lighter colored dentures. The teeth can be removed by the denture technician and new whiter teeth can be set back into the original base. This would be the ultimate, though more costly, solution.Keep your dentures as clean as possible and see your denturist for tune-ups!
Once you get your new dentures, daily cleaning will be the most important part of your routine and the denture bath can make things more convenient. That ugly glass full of teeth is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Denture baths are a more attractive, and more importantly, sanitary way to store your dentures when not in use. The denture bath will keep your dentures safe while keep them moist, which in turn prevents the denture from drying out and shrinking.
It is considered necessary to let your gums rest for about six hours everyday. Most denture wearers accomplish this by removing their dentures every night before they go to bed. This is a good time to give your dentures a thorough yet gentle brushing and a good rinse. Next stop, the denture bath. In the past, most denture wearers simply placed their teeth into a glass of water and that was that. Then effervescent denture cleaners came on the market promising to help in the removal of stubborn denture stains. Simply dropping a tablet into the glass would give an added boost to your cleaning routine. And this was generally a good thing. But then came the morning and it would be time to fish your dentures out of the glass. Dentures actually happen to be quite delicate and are easily cracked if accidently dropped in the sink or on the counter. Reaching into the glass was awkward at best, and pouring the dentures out into your hand was frankly a little gross. Then man created the denture bath, and it was good.
The denture bath is a basket that uses a loop style handle to set down into the water receptacle. The whole device is constructed of a special plastic that will not support the growth of bacteria. Denture cleaning tablets may still be used with the denture bath. Just toss one in, set your dentures in the basket and set the basket into the bath. In the morning, all you need do is lift the basket from the receptacle, and keeping the dentures in, run the whole thing under the faucet to rinse the dentures. Take the now clean dentures out of the basket, pop them in and you’re good to go.
The denture basket helps lessen the possibility of dropping your dentures because you are handling them less. You’ll be ready to meet the world with a smile!