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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 care every day too. But as they are made from different materials to our teeth, they need a different kind of 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 for them correctly, you can prolong the life of your dentures so you won’t need to pay out for an early replacement. It is also vital for you to own oral hygiene and comfort. A good cleaning routine can help prevent inflamed gums or bacterial and fungal infections and minimise the risk of losing more teeth.

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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 to 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, and because they need to be handled so frequently for cleaning, it’s likely that they will slip out of your hands at some point. To minimise the risk of this happening, lay a folded towel down or filling the sink with water before you remove your dentures. This provides a soft landing in case you do drop them. Breakages can happen anyway for many different reasons, so 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 that are trapped in the denture, and then rinse dentures under running water. You should also soak your dentures once a day to help 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 all over with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

It’s best not to wear your dentures at night unless you have been advised to do so by your dental specialist. 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 help remove stubborn stains and keep your smile extra bright, but 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 is used to make 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, then you won’t necessarily need denture adhesive, but you may find you want it for added confidence and to 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 the form of strips
  3. Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive
  4. Fixodent Control Denture Adhesive

 

Repair Cost
Emergency denture repair, starting at £85

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