Denture Care

Denture Care

Why is it important to clean my dentures?

Cleaning your dentures prevents food particles from gathering on them and keeps your dentures looking and feeling new. Once bacteria accumulate on your dentures, they cause harm to your gums and remaining teeth. Additionally, they will start to look dirty, taste funny and cause bad breath. By cleaning your dentures regularly, you can keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy and happy.

How do I clean my dentures?

Clean your dentures with a soft brush daily once you remove the teeth from your mouth. You can use liquid soap to clean your dentures. Avoid using toothpastes on dentures because toothpastes are abrasive and damage dentures with repeated use. You can use denture cleaning solutions weekly to help remove calcified particles. When not wearing your dentures, store them in a secure container in room temperature water. Keep your denture in a secure spot away from kids and pets. Avoid dropping your dentures as it can cause them to break which typically means you will need a new set of dentures.

Can I sleep with my dentures in?

Absolutely not. You must remove your dentures at night times to give your mouth a break. Your gums and teeth need to rest and recover just like the rest of your body. Wearing partial dentures overnight causes cavities on your remaining teeth and accelerated bone loss around them. Wearing full dentures overnight harms your gum tissue, causing infections and sore lesions. Individuals who wear their dentures 24/7 typically have red, inflamed gum tissues and their jawbone becomes flappy which makes their dentures looser.

How long do dentures last?

A new denture is typically good for about 3 to 5 years. Why so little time? First, we continue to lose jawbone every year. This causes our dentures to become loose over time and they need to be replaced. Another problem is that denture teeth wear flat with repeated use. This significantly reduces your chewing capability and you won’t be able to eat hard food as easily anymore. Getting fitted with new dentures helps improve both your denture fit as well as it’s chewing capability.

Do I still need to see a dentist regularly if I’m wearing dentures?

Yes, you should continue to see your dentist annually even if you’re toothless. Dentists do more than just clean and fix teeth. They check for cancer and pre-cancerous lesions, examine for TMJ problems, check for sleep apnea and so much more. Plus, you can always ask your dentist to use their ultrasonic cleaner to thoroughly clean your dentures and remove calcifications from them. Keep in mind that if you have any teeth left, even if it’s just one tooth, you need to stick with regular dental cleanings similar to people with a full set of teeth.