Cleaning Your New Dentures
Why denture cleaning is important
Correct denture cleaning is essential for good oral hygiene. While a normal and healthy oral cavity harbours hundreds of bacterial species, a small group of these can cause minor problems if they are allowed to multiply and survive on your dentures. Therefore, it is very important to keep your dentures clean with the appropriate denture cleaners.
Many denture wearers suffer from problems caused by microorganisms present on dentures. These germs can aggravate infection and cause oral inflammation. Unless they are eliminated from the denture on regular basis denture intolerance can occur.
How to clean dentures every day
Conventional toothpaste is not suitable for cleaning dentures as it can abrade and permanently damage your dentures. Instead you should use one of the many denture cleaners available. To remove food debris, we recommend you use a cream or gel with a special denture brush.
Clean all the surfaces of your dentures, including the surface which comes into contact with your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture adhesives, which need to be removed daily. Then soak your dentures in a specialist solution to keep them fresh. Never use bleach or boiling water to clean your dentures. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
Remove and brush your dentures daily. Use the special brush we provide with all our dentures to give your gums a well earned massage daily.
Cleaning between longer periods of wear
Leaving your dentures out at night will allow your gum tissues to rest and benefit from normal stimulation by your tongue and saliva. However, we know that many patients feel embarrassed about removing their dentures in front of their partner and prefer to wear their dentures at night. Any denture worn overnight must be spotlessly cleaned to avoid decay to any remaining teeth or irritation. Try to soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution before you go to bed to ensure that you sleep with clean dentures.