A 2018 Canadian study found that more than 43% of long-term care residents who wore dentures were suffering from poor denture hygiene. This prevalence of oral health problems amongst those surveyed showed a need to improve oral health care in long-term care homes.
Yet, improving oral health isn't limited to those in these facilities. In fact, anyone who wears dentures in Victoria must take their denture maintenance routine seriously. Failure to do so significantly raises the likelihood of complications and disease. For some quick tips on how to properly clean and care for your dentures, continue reading.
Rinse, Rinse, Rinse
You should always remove and rinse your dentures with warm water after eating. Although many don't brush their teeth after every meal, it's important to rinse when you have dentures.
Rinsing helps to remove food debris and other particles. Some foods have sugars, carbs, or chemicals that break down the enamel, so you must do your best to protect your dentures.
After rinsing, you want to clean your mouth. This includes the following:
The roof of the mouth (palate)
Be careful as you take your dentures out for cleaning because you don't want to bend or damage the plastic. Anytime the dentures are not in your mouth, place them in a safe location. It would be best if you had a dedicated container for your dentures for safekeeping.
Use a Special Brush and Toothpaste
Did you know there are specific denture cleaning supplies you should be using? A standard toothbrush and toothpaste won't cut it! You should have a special brush and cleaning product for dentures. These brushes are softer, allowing your dentures to last longer. Dentures are fragile. An ordinary toothbrush may scratch or break down the materials. Further, regular toothpaste is abrasive and will scratch the surface of the dentures making them appear dirty or stained.
Like natural teeth, you should try to brush dentures at least twice per day.
Additionally, avoid using the following on your dentures:
Products containing bleach
Sleeping with Dentures
Sleeping with dentures in or out is a personal preference. There is no indication that wearing dentures at night is harmful or beneficial. As long as dentures are cleaned and maintained regularly you should do what makes you comfortable.
Some people choose to soak their dentures overnight. If that is your preference, you should leave your dentures in a mixture of mild denture-soaking solution and water in a designated denture bath (container). Your denturist can guide you on the best solution for your specific dentures.
Get Dentures in Victoria
While following these tips is incredibly helpful in maintaining your dentures, talking to your denturist regularly is the best way to ensure your dentures always remain in good condition. Whether you're new to dentures or looking for a change, our team can help. Schedule an appointment at Postings Denture Clinic to learn more about dentures in Victoria.