Getting denture does not mean that you will never have to do anything about oral care again. Your dental prosthesis must be cleaned daily, and your mouth just needs to be cleaned. This article explains why you should and how you can clean your mouth and denture.
Why do I have to clean my denture?
Your prosthesis is exposed throughout the day to saliva, food and perhaps also sticky paste or powder. In your mouth it is also nice and warm and moist, an ideal place for bacteria to multiply. If you don't keep your denture and mouth clean, it won't get fresher. A few important reasons why you should regularly clean your denture:
- The bacteria and food residues cause odors that give you bad breath.
- Poor hygiene can cause inflammation of the gums or mouth sores.
- Bacteria and food scraps form on the denture. This layer ensures that your prosthesis feels sticky.
- In people with a partial prosthesis, the bacteria and food residues affect the enamel of the real teeth and molars. This may cause cavities (caries).
- Certain foods (such as tea and red wine) attach to the surface of the denture. If the prosthesis is not cleaned daily, unsightly stubborn stains may appear on the denture.
Good oral hygiene can prevent these problems. Cleaning your mouth and denture daily is therefore a pure necessity.
Oral care: tips & tricks for a healthy mouth
A healthy mouth is a clean mouth. Good oral care is therefore just as important as cleaning your denture. It is best to brush your mouth (without the denture) in the evening before bedtime with a regular soft toothbrush. Brush the entire upper and lower jaw, including the palate. Make rotating, massaging movements when brushing. This promotes blood flow and keeps the gums healthy. However, do not scrub too hard to prevent damage to the gums. More tips for a healthy, clean mouth:
- Use a regular toothpaste when brushing your gums, even if you no longer have your own teeth. Toothpaste provides a fresh scent and gives an extra clean feeling.
- Also brush the back of the tongue; at this place the bacteria attach between the papillae. This is one of the main causes of bad breath. If you suffer from stubborn deposits on the back of the tongue, the use of a tongue scraper can help.
- During the day after each meal, take out your prosthesis and rinse your mouth and dental prosthesis with water to remove food residues.
Cleaning denture, this is how you do it
Denture are made from high-quality plastics. Although your prosthesis feels hard, it can still be damaged. You must therefore carefully clean the dental prosthesis. Do not use aggressive cleaning agents or scrubbing techniques for this. These can leave scratches on the surface of the prosthesis, and dirt and bacteria can attach more easily to those scratches. There are a number of methods for cleaning your denture: daily cleaning, additional cleaning and extra intensive cleaning that only needs to be done occasionally.
Daily cleaning: brush your denture
Brushing is a great method for daily cleaning of the denture. Take the prosthesis out of the mouth, rinse it with lukewarm water and polish both the outside and the inside to properly remove the dirt. Tips for the daily brushing of your denture:
- Clean your denture with a special prosthetic brush. It is larger than a normal toothbrush and does not cause scratches or other damage. The brush has two different heads with which you can effortlessly clean even the hard-to-reach spots.
- When brushing the denture, use a special cleaner that is soft enough not to damage the resin. No special cleaner in the house? Then use a small drop of detergent.
- Never clean your denture with a normal toothpaste; this contains small, abrasive grains that can leave scratches on the denture. If you still want to use toothpaste, choose a special toothpaste for prostheses.
Always rinse the teeth well after brushing so that all residues of the detergent are removed.
Additional cleaning: clean your denture by soaking
In addition to the daily brushing, the denture can be regularly soaked in a water bath with a special cleaning agent. This is how the stubborn dirt and attack are tackled. You can soak your denture in a glass of water or a special prosthesis tray. By adding a few drops of prosthesis cleaner, the bacteria are killed and the dirt is loosened better. After soaking, brush the denture clean to remove the dirt and then rinse the prosthesis well.
How often do you additionally clean your denture?
How often you can clean the denture in a water bath depends on the product you use. There are prosthesis cleaners that you can use every day. There are also (effervescent) tablets or drops that clean your denture once a week. These weekly agents work more intensively and can affect the resin in the long run if you use it daily. Therefore, do not use them more than once a week, for example if you remove the prosthesis at night, and always follow the instructions on the package.
Occasional cleaning: remove stains from the denture
Sometimes stubborn stains or deposits may remain on your denture, despite brushing and soaking. If the teeth of the prosthesis are discolored, it is best to clean your denture with special whitening tablets for denture. You can also visit a dental prosthetician or dental technician. He or she can clean your denture in a special vibrating bath, possibly with a cleaner, whereby all deposits and discolorations are removed again.
Cleaning denture: do's and don'ts
There are a lot of stories about cleaning the denture. Granny's tips, proven home-garden-and-kitchen remedies, unfortunately they do more harm than good. The following list provides a good overview of what you should and should not do when cleaning the denture.
- Never use chlorine (bleach), vinegar, all-purpose cleaner or any other household cleaner to clean your denture. Only a drop of detergent is suitable for brushing with denture. Other cleaning agents can cause serious damage to the dental prosthesis.
- Never scratch the denture with a knife, crown cap, toothpick, rager or other hard object. This can cause scratches and other damage.
- Brush the denture or partial prosthesis preferably over a sink or basin that is filled with water. Should the denture slip out of your hands, it will fall into the water and will not break or damage as quickly.
- Only use brushes and cleaning products that have been specially developed for cleaning denture.
- Is your denture broken or damaged? Do not go messing around yourself, but bring the prosthesis to your dentist or dental prosthetician for a repair.
Your denture are tailor-made especially for you. Treat it with care and attention. Cleaning your denture regularly is important. This way the dental prosthesis stays beautiful and you will enjoy it for longer. Have your mouth and denture checked regularly by a dentist.