Caring For Your Dentures

Dentures today are made from very advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance. However, keep in mind that just like your teeth, dentures should be cared for with the same diligence. This means daily brushing and regular visits to your dentist. Regular visits to your dentist are critical. Your dentist also can make minor adjustments that ensure that your dentures continue fitting naturally and comfortably. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleansed of plaque, food particles and other debris. Keeping your dentures in top shape will also help keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy; an unclean or malformed denture can cause infections and irritation.

Cleaning Techniques — Remember to rinse and brush your dentures after every meal, and soak them in denture solution overnight. This also allows your gums to breathe while you sleep.  A little known fact……if you sleep with your dentures in your mouth and rarely remove them, you may be prone to a fungal infection candidiasis).  It actually sets-up shop and lives in the denture acrylic and causes your tissues to be red, swollen and irritated leading to oral lesions that can be troublesome.  Often the only way to address the a suspected fungal infestation is to recommend that the denture(s) be re-made.

Here are some simple techniques for keeping your dentures clean:

  • People can brush their dentures in a variety of ways. Some people use soap and water or a slightly abrasive toothpaste (regular toothpastes will be fine). Popular denture pastes and creams also can be used, just look over the dental isle in the pharmacy department of stores to see what is available and works for you.  Denture wearers often decide on a cleaner or product based on the final taste once back in the mouth.
  • Avoid using highly abrasive chemicals or pastes, or vigorously brushing with hard bristled toothbrushes. These can scratch or even crack dentures. Scratches on the dentures can increase the ability of bacteria and plaque to adhere to the prosthesis. If you do notice scratching, Dr. Rigby will likely be able to polish them out at a regular check-up.  Make sure to hold your dentures gently to avoid loosening a tooth……it is not impervious to damage.
  • Place a towel or something soft under the denture while you are cleaning it. One of the most common repairs that comes in Rigby Advanced Dental’s door is accidental dropping of a denture.  If a denture hits a hard surface it will likely fracture, somewhere.  Dr. Rigby can repair most problems, but sometimes it can not.
  • Clean your dentures with cool or tepid water over a water-filled sink. Hot water may warp a denture. A great idea is to place a washcloth in the bottom of the bowl or sink to prevent damage if it falls or slips out of your hands.
  • Soak your dentures overnight in any commercially available product like Efferdent or Polident, and remember to rinse your dentures with water or mouth rinse before placing them back in your mouth to avoid ill tasting cleaners.
  • Remember to use a separate toothbrush to clean your own natural teeth, as well as all of your gum tissues. In lieu of a toothbrush, a soft washcloth may be used to wipe your gums.

Over time, even daily care of your dentures may require them to be cleaned by the dentist. A powerful ultrasonic cleaner may be used to remove hard accumulations of tartar and other substances. Dr. Rigby will set you on an annual visit for him to evaluate the fit of the dentures, to professionally clean them, make any necessary recommendations to improve comfort and perform a head and neck cancer screening exam. For more information about how you can care for your dentures, or to schedule a dental appointment, contact Rigby Advanced Dental today!!!  We are conveniently located in The Offices at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and Lakeway TX.

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