Tips on taking care of your Dentures or those of your loved onesSeptember 26th, 2018 by Maya, posted in Dental Tech Group, Dentures
“Many people might think it’s enough to do basic daily brushing or cleaning of their dentures, but if you wear a full or partial denture, it’s a bit like needing to get your natural teeth cleaned by a professional and your dentures are no different.”
Overtime a thin layer of bacteria, called a “biofilm” forms on the surface of the denture. This biofilm harbours bacteria which if not removed properly can cause build up on the denture and inside the denture material over time and once those bacteria get inside the denture material, it’s virtually impossible to remove without getting them either professionally cleaned or else replacing them.
It’s important to clean your dentures properly and to get professional cleaning from time to time so that you are not at risk of ingesting any bacteria that could cause you a serious condition.
The life of the denture is considered 5 years and so you should be thinking of changing them once they get to around the 4 and 4.5 year mark. The main reasons for this are the deterioration of the material over time but also due to the changes in your mouth itself and the dentures generally won’t fit as well as they once did. Your bone and gum ridges can recede and shrink, causing jaws to align differently and dentures to fit less securely. Poorly-fitting dentures can cause sore spots from the rubbing of the acrylic against the gums, and can cause jaw soreness as well as reduce your ability to chew food as well as you once did.
Dental Tech Group’s tip on dental care:
You will need a flat based tub, washing up liquid, a denture brush, facecloth or hand-towel.
- Be careful when removing dentures, gently break the suction and ensure you have a tight grip so they don’t drop. (Dropping or banging dentures is the No 1 cause for the dentures breaking).
- Place a facecloth or handtowels beside the sink.
- Fill the flat based tub with warm water and washing up liquid –yes washing up liquid is superb for cleaning dentures which are made from a type of plastic. Toothpaste is an abrasive material designed to work best on the enamel of your teeth, so toothpaste can actually damage the surface of the dentures.
- Holding the denture securely, scrub with the denture brush over the tub. If you drop the denture, it should land on the towel and not be damaged.
- Soaking dentures in a good denture disinfectant can kill 99% of denture germs. We recommend using Nitradine tablets as it only takes 15 minutes. Most denture disinfectants have a mild bleaching agent which overtime can change the colour of the dentures so check the denture cleaner first to make sure it will disinfect them in a short time rather than leaving them overnight. But please make sure they are clean first- There is no point in disinfecting a dirty denture!
- Don’t forget the gums! Remember to always give the mouth a good brush and/or rinse when taking out the dentures; if possible, massage the gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush. Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste and gently rub around the inside of the cheeks, gums and tongue to stimulate them and help promote a healthy mouth.
Make sure it fits! If you see that the denture is not fitting properly or functioning well, don’t hesitate calling Dental Tech Group.
In Dental Tech Group we offer a FREE denture consultation and we are located in Dublin, Kildare, Wexford and Waterford. Call us on 01 455 1866 or check out www.dentaltech.ie for more information.