Here are some of the do’s and dont’s when it comes to your denture care by Dr Ravindra Savadi, senior dentist and Prosthodontist———
Remove and rinse your dentures after eating——
Food particles remain on the fitting surface of the denture and also between teeth after a meal. Make sure to rinse your dentures throughly with tap water after every meal. You can wash your dentures in the sink filled with water if you fear dropping the dentures while cleaning.
Clean your mouth after removing the dentures——
Make sure you clean your gum ridges with a soft brush and toothpaste after removing your dentures. Your toothpaste can contain an antiseptic ingredient that will help heal your gums. Make sure you clean your tongue, cheeks and the roof of the mouth. Ensure that any remaining adhesive sticking to your mouth is cleaned fully.
Brush your dentures daily—-
Remove and gently clean your dentures daily. Soak them and brush with a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner to remove any food particles, plaque and other deposits. You can use a denture cleaning tablet every alternate day to soak your denture. Do not use the denture cleaners inside your mouth.
Soak your dentures overnight——
Most types of dentures need to stay moist to retain their shape. Make sure you leave your dentures in a bowl of water at night when you remove your dentures. You can use a denture cleaning tablet or solution to soak the dentures overnight. However, check with your dentist about properly soaking your dentures overnight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on using and storing the denture cleaning solution.
Rinse your dentures throughly before wearing——
Rinse your dentures well before putting them back into your mouth in the morning. If you use a denture cleaning solution, then these solutions could contain chemicals that may cause vomiting, pain or burns when swallowed.
Dr Savadi warns about the dont’s in denture care
Avoid an abrasive to clean your dentures——
A normal toothpaste contains abrasives that are meant to clean tooth surfaces. However, these abrasives can cause fine scratches on your denture surface when used to clean dentures. You can us ea non abrasive denture cleaner or a liquid detergent to clean you dentures. Ensure that you maintain the smooth and shiny surface of your dentures throughout its use.
Avoid whitening toothpastes——-
Whitening toothpastes available in the market may contain peroxide, which does little to change the colour of the denture teeth.
Avoid bleach-containing products——
Dont’t use bleaching products because these can weaken the dentures and change the colour.
Avoid hot water——
Don’t clean your dentures in hot or boiling water. This can wrap your dentures. Also avoid putting your dentures out in the sun.