Do you know how to clean your dentures?
Knowing how to clean your fixed or removable dentures is essential for a sparkling result and perfect oral health. Being artificial appliances, more leftover food and plaque tends to accumulate in dentures than it does in natural teeth, meaning that it takes a little more work to keep them clean.
How to clean your removable dentures
Being removable, to clean your dentures you must take them out of your mouth.
Step 1. Rinse them
The first step is to wash your dentures in warm water and rinse them. It is important to do this after every meal to prevent bacterial plaque from accumulating and forming a layer of tartar.
Step 2. Brush them
The next step is to brush your dentures. It is essential to do this carefully, using a medium bristle toothbrush to remove the most stubborn particles three times a day, after every meal.
Brush your dentures using a soft and gentle movement as rough movements could damage them.
Don’t forget the importance of brushing your gums and natural teeth with a medium bristle toothbrush and a little toothpaste. Failing to do this could lead to unwanted infections. The occasional use of mouthwash is also essential.
Step 3. Disinfect them
You can also use tablets to clean your dentures. Simply dissolve one in water and drop in your dentures for deep hygienic cleaning. These tablets are recommended once a day, and particularly at night, to help keep your dentures clean and sparkling. However, if you prefer, you can also soak them for 10-30 minutes in the morning while having breakfast or a shower. Take care never to leave them soaking overnight as doing so could alter the results of the cleaning process.
Always remember to rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth.
How to clean fixed dentures
Being fixed in place, cleaning fixed dentures requires a different process, very similar to cleaning your natural teeth, but understandably somewhat more intense.
To clean fixed dentures, apart from brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste, you must also use floss or an interdental brush to clean the areas that are harder to reach. You should do this at least twice a day to keep your fixed dentures clean. And if you can brush them three times a day, after every meal, even better!
Do you want to know how to clean your dentures? Come and visit us at our dental clinic in San Sebastian. Here, as well as cleaning your natural teeth, we’ll show you how to take proper care of your dentures. We look forward to seeing you!