Good oral hygiene is vital for everyone — and if you’ve got a special device like full or partial removable dentures, you may need a little refresher on how to keep them clean. For a brush up on good dental hygiene with dentures in Highland Village, Flower Mound and Lewisville, keep these do’s and don’ts of denture cleaning in mind.
Denture Cleaning: Do’s
- Remove and rinse your dentures after you eat. Make it a habit to remove any leftover food particles or debris that may latch onto dentures during meals. Be sure you’re careful as you clean — it’s a good idea to put down a towel in the sink or on the counter so your removable device doesn’t break if you drop it.
- Clean your mouth, too. After you remove and clean your dentures, be sure to clean your mouth — that means any existing natural teeth as well as all soft tissues. The gums, tongue and cheeks should all be gently cleaned for maximum oral health.
- Clean your dentures daily, at least. In addition to rinsing dentures after each meal, you should make sure you’re giving them a thorough cleaning at least once a day, too. Soak and brush them with a non-abrasive denture cleaner to remove food, plaque and other things you don’t want in your mouth.
- Rinse dentures before reinserting them into the mouth, especially if you use a denture cleansing solution.
- Maintain your regular dental checkups with the dentist you trust in Highland Village. Dr. Thomas will advise you on how often you should schedule a checkup.
Denture Cleaning: Don’ts
- Avoid using abrasive materials to clean your dentures. That means stiff bristled toothbrushes, strong toothpastes (especially whitening toothpastes) and other harsh cleansers should definitely be avoided when cleaning your dentures.
- Make sure you’re going bleach-free. You want to avoid bleach in cleansers and denture solutions, as it’s a harsh substance that could discolor or warp your dentures.
- Don’t forget to soak your dentures overnight, every night. Most removable dentures must stay moist in order to retain their shape. If yours do, make sure to place them in water or a mild denture solution while you’re sleeping.
- Never use hot water when cleaning your dentures. That could cause them to warp or change shape, which requires refitting.
- Don’t live with a loose fit. If your dentures aren’t fitting perfectly, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas immediately. You shouldn’t have to worry about your teeth sliding around or popping out at inopportune moments — and often, a simple fix is all that’s needed. Please don’t hesitate to call our office when things aren’t fitting right.
Questions? Contact Highland Village Family Dentistry
If you’ve still got questions about caring for your removable full or partial dentures in Highland Village, Flower Mound or Lewisville, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll schedule your appointment with Dr. Thomas as soon as we hear from you — so call us today!