|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
March 20, 2014
In order to make sure your dentures and the rest of your mouth stay healthy, you must take proper care of them. The important thing to remember when taking care of your dentures is to handle them with great care. When the dentures are not in the mouth, make sure to hold them over a folded towel or a sink full of water to avoid damage if you drop them. The following are some more helpful tips in taking care of dentures.
- Brush and rinse the dentures daily. Get in the habit of treating your dentures like you would your natural teeth. Make sure to brush them daily to remove any food particles or plaque. Brushing also helps to prevent stains from forming on the dentures. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and try to find one that is made specifically for dentures. Brushes with hard bristles can damage the dentures. Make sure to brush all surfaces and be careful not to damage the plastic or bend the attachments. In between brushing, rinse the dentures after every meal.
- Use denture cleaner to clean the dentures. Hand soap or a mild dish washing liquid can be used to cleanse the dentures. Try to stay away from household cleansers and toothpastes that are very abrasive. Bleaching dentures is not a good idea because the bleach can whiten the pink portion of the dentures. Ultrasonic cleaners are a bathtub like device that immerses the dentures in a cleaning solution and then uses sound wave motions to dislodge particles. While this may be easier to use, you still need to brush the teeth daily.
- Keep dentures moist when they are not being worn. When they start to dry out they can lose their shape. When not in use, the dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser solution. Be careful of dentures that have metal attachments, because the metal pieces can tarnish in some solutions. Talk with your dentist to find the best way to clean your dentures. Do not place the dentures is hot water, because it can cause them to warp.
Adjustments or Repairs for Dentures
When you first get dentures, there will normally be multiple follow up appointments with your dentist so they can make any necessary adjustments. Don’t attempt to adjust or repair dentures yourself. If you try to bend any part of the clasp or metal pieces, you can weaken the structure permanently. Do not use at home fix it kits. These kits can be more harmful then helpful. If the dentures start to feel like they are not fitting properly or there is a chip or crack, go to your dentist. They can fix most of these problems at the office the same day. For more complicated repairs, the dentures may need to be sent to a special dental lab.
Further Denture Facts
Due to normal ware and tare, dentures will need to be realigned, re-based or remade. When realignment is needed, the dentist can refit the denture base or make a new base and reuse the existing teeth. Complete dentures will normally be used for five to seven years before a replacement is needed.
When brushing your teeth and dentures, remember to brush the gums, tongue and palate with the soft-bristled brush. Do this in the morning when putting the dentures in, to help remove plaque and stimulate circulation in the mouth. Make sure to keep the teeth that are under the denture metal clasps clean. If bacteria become trapped under the denture, it can lead to tooth decay. To keep your gums healthy and comfortable, brush them like normal, but also try rinsing your mouth daily with lukewarm salt water.
Make sure to keep your normal six month cleanings at your dentist. This will allow them to make sure everything is going in the right direction and help maintain good dental health.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.