Dentures are simply false teeth designed to replace natural teeth in case they are dislodged accidentally or on purpose due to decay or periodontal disease. Regardless of the type of denture that you have on, you have to take care of them in a specialized way in addition to the normal way that you clean your natural teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), effective cleaning of dentures is solely based on the following two-step process. The first step is the mechanical scrubbing or brushing of the denture. The second step involves the use of specialized chemicals or soaking solutions that help in cleaning and disinfecting the dentures.
Denture care applies to both partial and complete dentures. Below are some dental care tips that will guarantee you a dazzling synthetic smile.
• Dentures should be cleaned on a daily basis using a soft-bristled denture brush and warm water. Hard-bristled brushes are unsuitable for dentures since they tend to wear them out pretty fast. This removes tartar and plaque that may have started building up. The brushing action should be very gentle to avoid damaging the plastic and metal parts.
• Remove the dentures carefully before you hit the sack. Brush the remaining natural teeth (if any), tongue, and gums using fluoride based toothpaste. This will remove plaque and tartar that may be have started building up as well as stimulate blood circulation in the oral cavity for optimal oral health.
• Soak the dentures overnight in a soaking solution, warm water or a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Dentures that have metal clasps should be soaked in warm water only as the denture cleanser might tarnish the metal parts. Soaking will ease the process of plaque and tartar removal during the normal brushing process and prevent dental odor.
Denture care also entails the removal process of dentures. Dentures are quite fragile and utmost care should be taken not to drop them. The top denture is removed through a combination of an upward and outward press using the thumb. The lower one is removed by a combination of an upward pull and a rocking motion. When dentures are not being worn, they should be kept moist at all times. This ensures that they maintain their original shape and that they do not dry out. Hot water should be avoided at all costs since they cause the denture to warp and lose their shape.
Denture cleansers are available in all manner of brands with price tags designed to fit into different budgets. It is actually possible to make your own home based denture cleaning solution using some common household items like vinegar and bleach. However, it is vital that you understand the properties of an effective denture cleaning solution before you actually purchase one. A good soaking solution should be able to disinfect your set of false teeth and prevent the buildup of tartar.
Effervescent denture soaking solutions are some of the most effective denture cleaning solutions the market has to offer. They take the form of liquids, powders and tablets. It is quite clear that denture care entails much more than just the regular brushing.