The Effect of Dentures on Your Health: Tips to Keep Them Clean
If you wear dentures, then you know how important it is to keep them clean. Germs and bacteria could get into the pliable plastic and result in infections and gum disease. Taking good care of your dentures will help them last longer.
Tips to keep your dentures clean:
- Rinse after eating. It helps remove food particles and other remnants.
- Take them off at night. It gives your mouth tissues a chance to breathe and reduces the chances of gum infection.
- Soak your dentures in warm water to keep them moist. Talk to your dentist about any special recommendation to store your dentures overnight.
- Use a special denture cleaning brush and clean them thoroughly. Ensure the brush is not too hard or it will damage the dentures.
- Clean dentures daily to remove plaque, tartar and stains just as you would with your natural teeth.
- Clean your gums with a soft toothbrush or cloth.
- Never use a toothpick as it will poke holes in your dentures.
Watch this video to learn more about why and how to keep your dentures clean.
Get your dentist to check your dentures at least once a year. Changes in fit can cause pain and soreness as well as problems with chewing. Poor fit can also be a sign of periodontal disease. While it is common to experience some minor discomfort as you adjust to your dentures initially, you should not feel persistent pain or soreness.