Dentures are a great invention but they need to be properly taken care of if you want them to work properly. Following these basic guidelines will allow you to enjoy your dentures for a long time.
Just like normal teeth, dentures also need to be cleaned every day. Take them out in the evening for the daily cleaning session. First, rinse your dentures with water and use a brush with soft bristles to brush them clean and get rid of any food particles and plaque. Don’t use a hard-bristle brush to avoid damaging the delicate surface of your dentures. It is best to use a special brush made especially for brushing dentures. And although it might be tempting, don’t use any toothpaste. Toothpaste is too abrasive for dentures and can create minuscule scratches.
Overnight, soak your dentures in a cleaner solution. Use a denture cleaner diluted with water. If you don’t have one, you can also use mild hand soap in a pinch. The important thing here is to never store your dentures dry or you risk them losing their shape. Using a proper denture cleaner further minimizes the risk of growing bacteria or fungus.
In the morning, brush the dentures again before putting them in.
Using the right adhesive
Some people do not need to use denture glue at all but many denture users that applying adhesive improves their oral comfort. There are three different forms of denture glues and each has its pros and cons.
- Creams – a denture glue in the form of cream comes in a tube and is relatively easy to apply. They are attached by placing a few pea-sized dabs of cream onto the dry surface of the denture (5 for the upper one, 3 for the bottom one) and then putting the denture in your mouth and holding in place for at least ten seconds.
- Powders – powder glues are an alternative to cream denture glues. You put a thin layer of powder glue over the entire surface of the denture on the side that touches your gums and after inserting the dentures, you need to clench your teeth for at least ten seconds. Powders are easier to clean than creams but they tend to not last as long.
- Strips – adhesive strips are probably the easiest kind of denture glue to apply and they often feel the most secure. However, they are not that good at keeping out food particles and some reports say that they can even interfere with the ‘bite’ of the denture.
You should try out different kinds of denture glues to find the one that works for your situation. Read reviews on Noble Rate to see what other people are recommending.
Regular dentist checkups
Some people incorrectly assume that since they don’t have teeth then they don’t need to see the dentist anymore. Dentures should be cleaned once a year by a professional to make sure they are free of any potentially damaging build-up. You should also see your dentist as a part of an oral cancer screening.