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Denture Care Advice

Denture care advice

Our Denture Care Advice

Just as we need to take care of our natural teeth and gums, dentures need proper cleaning and maintenance every day. But as they are made from different materials to our teeth, they need different care. Read on for our advice on how to best care for your full or partial dentures.

All dentures will eventually need to be replaced, but if you care correctly, you can prolong the life of your dentures, so you won’t need to pay for an early replacement. It is also vital for you to have oral hygiene and comfort. A thorough cleaning routine can help prevent inflamed gums, bacterial and fungal infections and minimise the risk of losing more teeth.

Dentures in glass of water

Don’t forget your natural teeth and gums.

Remember to brush any remaining teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Gently brush your gums, too, as this will help stimulate the circulation of the gum tissue. If you have any queries about oral hygiene for yourself or a family member, the Oral Health Foundation has a wealth of information available, as well as a dental helpline.

Clean denture teeth

A few simple precautions can help reduce the risk of denture breakages.

Due to the delicate nature of dentures, they can be broken if dropped. Because they need to be handled so frequently for cleaning, they will likely slip out of your hands at some point. To minimise this risk, lay a folded towel down or fill the sink with water before removing your dentures. This provides a soft landing if you drop them. Breakages can happen anyway for many reasons. If you have broken your dentures, don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for.

Further Care Advice & Answers

Brush dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush or specialist denture brush to remove plaque and bits of food trapped in the denture, and then rinse dentures under running water. It would also help if you soaked your dentures once a day to remove the more stubborn stains. You can use a denture cleanser tablet in warm water. Do not use hot water, as this can cause damage to the denture, and do not use toothpaste on dentures because it is too abrasive.

The cleaning process is the same for flexible dentures, but as flexible dentures are more prone to bacteria build-up, ensure you clean them extra carefully with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

It’s best not to wear your dentures at night unless your dental specialist has advised you. This will give your jaw and gums a chance to relax. Dentures should not be left to dry out, so if you need to store your dentures for any length of time, such as overnight, it’s important to leave them in water to keep them moist. If the acrylic material that dentures are made from dries out, it could distort or crack, affecting the fit and function of your denture.

You can use specialist denture cleaning bleach to remove stubborn stains and keep your smile extra bright. A simple home whitening method is to soak your dentures for 20-30 minutes in equal parts vinegar and cold water. Then finish with a rinse. You can also try our clean and freshen up denture service for a fresh feel.

The rigid acrylic material makes the denture plate in most full and partial dentures, but some dentures have a metal plate instead. Flexible partial dentures are made from an ultra-thin and flexible thermoplastic material, such as nylon. The false teeth in dentures are made from various types of resin or porcelain.

If your dentures fit correctly, you won’t necessarily need denture adhesive, but you may want it for added confidence and improve the fit of full or partial dentures. Here are our recommendations for denture adhesives that hold the strongest:

  1. Secure Denture Adhesive – Non-water soluble denture adhesive
  2. Sea-Bond Denture Adhesive – Available in strips
  3. Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive
  4. Fixodent Control Denture Adhesive

 

Repair Cost
Emergency denture repair, starting at £85

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