Dentures Care 101

denture-careIn this helpful guide, Dental Prosthetist, Diane Tozer from Queensland, answers the question many patients often ask her – “What is the best way to care for my Dentures?”

If properly looked after, dentures should look, feel and perform well for many years but exactly how to achieve this, will depend on the type you have.

Do you have dentures that don’t fit or perform as well as they used to when you first had them? Do you feel that with all the advances in denture technology that the time has come to give your smile a new and more natural look? If so, please call The Westside Denture Centre today on 07 3278 0580 for an appointment.

Advice For All Types of Dentures

The first point to make is that taking care of your mouth is a vital part of taking care of your dentures.

Even for those with no remaining teeth in their jaw, twice daily brushing of tongue and gums will boost circulation and help to keep your gums healthy and your mouth free of plaque deposits.

For those who rely on their remaining teeth to support a partial denture, good oral hygiene and really taking care of those natural teeth will help to keep your dentures fitting and performing well.

Having dentures that fit and feel comfortable encourages wearers to keep them in all day. This ensures they go on fitting comfortably as it helps to prevent loss of bone from the jaw.

Dentures are easy to damage if dropped, so extra care when cleaning (putting water in the bathroom bowl when you clean or rinse, for example) will help to avoid accidental damage.

Dentures will not last long if your pet gets hold of them either, so make sure they stored in a safe place when you take them out – you might be surprised to learn how many patients need a new set because the dog has chewed them!

Caring for Acrylic Dentures

Acrylic dentures are the type that the majority of wearers have. Care begins with rinsing after every mealtime. This ensures comfort by removing any trapped food residue and is a good hygiene practice.

Acrylic dentures should be soaked in cool or tepid water with added denture cleaner solution. Although not necessary every day, doing this several times a week will keep them fresh and hygienic.

There are pastes and brushes specially designed to avoid damaging the surface of acrylic dentures. Scratches can make them uncomfortable to wear and harbour bacteria.

Rinse your dentures thoroughly after cleaning or soaking and if you leave them out overnight or for any other reason, they should be kept in water as this avoids them going out of shape and ensures they continue to fit comfortably.

Caring for Valplast Dentures

Although more expensive than acrylic, Valplast is very popular, especially for partial dentures as it is soft and flexible and moulds to the wearer’s mouth without the need for denture glue.

Rinse your dentures after each meal. Cleaning should be primarily, by soaking them for about 15-20 minutes in a solution of Valplast Denture Cleaner. Brushing can damage the soft surface of the material, so for a hygienic clean, Dentists recommend the use of a cleaning bath that uses sonic waves to sweep away any bacteria and food particles.

For those with a partial denture, remove it before cleaning natural teeth to avoid any risk of damaging the Valplast material. Occasional use of a soft brush without toothpaste is acceptable to remove stubborn food particles.

A quick soak (hot water) is a good tip for those who remove their Valplast denture for sleep. This will make the material flexible so that it fits perfectly to the mouth contours.

Caring For Chrome Cobalt Dentures

These lightweight and hypoallergenic dentures are popular, although more expensive than some other options. They can be rinsed after meals and are easy to take care of by soaking. Some cleaning solutions are not suitable for metal parts and can cause corrosion; if you are not sure which is suitable for you, it is wise to check. Dentures can be soaked for a few minutes during the day or soaked overnight in a weaker mixture of the cleaning solution.

We hope that the tips we have outlined will help you to keep your denture, whatever type you wear, looking great and feeling comfortable for many years to come.

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