Even though your dentures aren’t prone to cavities, they still need to be cleaned. Food particles, debris and bacteria can still build up on your dentures.
As you chew your food, particles can get stuck between your dentures and your gums or your upper palate. Food will cling to the plastic in your dentures easier than it does to your teeth, gums and the insides of your mouth. Failure to properly clean your dentures can lead to inflammation in your mouth, gum disease and bad breath. Since your dentures are removable, they are easy to clean, but they need to be cleaned effectively. You should brush your dentures, but be sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging them. There are also dental pastes formulated to clean dentures. Dish soap or hand soap are also used by some denture wearers. You can use a toothbrush with soft bristles, or a toothbrush designed to clean dentures. Do not use hot or boiling water to clean your dentures, since the heat may cause them to warp.
Clean your dentures over a towel or a sink filled with water to minimize the chances of breaking them if you accidentally drop them. You should rinse them well and place them in a soaking solution overnight.
You should also remember to brush your gums and your tongue to reduce plaque, bacteria and bad breath.
If you are considering dentures as a tooth-restoration option, or have questions about caring for the dentures you already have, our dentist, Dr. Wallace Lunden would love to see you. You can make an appointment at Cedar Point Dentistry in Richfield, Minnesota by calling 612-866-7000. We look forward to your visit!