Most patients now know very well about proper oral hygiene. We well know the correct brushing technique and care products such as dental floss and mouthwash. But what about cleaning the dentures?
Denture cleaning – why is it important?
Dental plaque damages not only natural but also artificial teeth. It forms wherever food residues do not regularly remove. That is why you must also thoroughly clean your prosthesis surfaces. Later, minerals from the saliva are deposited in this coating: they form tartar. We can easily remove this with a toothbrush. Then only the dentist can help with special devices such as ultrasound.
If tartar is deposited on the prosthesis, this can have a negative effect on the hold and fit. Certain areas of the prosthesis ensure a firm and comfortable fit of the dentures, thanks to their exact fit. Tartar can lead to the dentures jamming or difficult to insert and remove. If the prosthesis no longer fits properly, painful pressure points can then occur.
But it damages not only the artificial row of teeth. The oral mucosa also suffers from the bacteria that collect in the plaque. It can lead to painful inflammation of the gums. In addition, the remaining teeth suffer from plaque. Inflammatory processes and tooth decay are inevitable.
Denture cleaning – when to do and how often?
Basically, the prosthesis should be cleaned several times a day:
- Intensive cleaning in the morning or evening is important to also thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas.
- You should also get into the habit of cleaning the dentures after meals.
- If you are out of the house, it is sufficient to remove coarse dirt from the denture under running water.
- A professional cleaning at the dentist makes sense once a year, whereby you can orientate yourself on the individual recommendations of your dentist.
Denture cleaning – tips for perfect care
1. Special toothbrush
If you do not have a denture toothbrush at hand, it suffices to brush with a normal toothbrush. However, a special brush has some advantages. Small hollows are easier to reach and the handle of a denture toothbrush is thicker and therefore easier to hold on to.
2. Running water
Do not use toothpaste for thorough cleaning. This contains small abrasives that roughen the plastic. This causes discoloration that can embed in the prosthesis’s surface. It is better to clean the dentures with clear water or with pH-neutral soap. If you fill your sink with water beforehand, you can prevent the prosthesis from breaking. If your dentures fall into the sink, the water will catch them.
3. Plastering technique
In order not to forget any area, get used to a certain sequence of cleaning. For example, you can start with the outside of the artificial teeth. This should be followed by the care of the inside and chewing surfaces. Then clean the prosthesis saddles. Above all, clean the underside of the saddles – and do not forget even the smallest niches. Try to handle your removable dentures only on sturdy plastic and metal parts. The fine fastening elements can easily be bent, so the prosthesis no longer fits properly.
4. Oral care
Regular maintenance of your prosthesis is not the only important thing. You should also clean your mouth afterward. A soft toothbrush and mouth rinse to remove plaque and bacteria from the alveolar ridges, the roof of the mouth, and tongue. If you still have your own teeth, you should of course clean them thoroughly as usual.
5. Ultrasonic devices for perfect cleaning
The pressure waves from ultrasound devices loosen stubborn deposits of tea, nicotine, and even tartar. These devices are now also available for domestic use and are highly recommended for optimal cleaning.
6. Professional teeth cleaning and denture cleaning
To enjoy your third party for a long time, have regular checkups at the dentist. They can give you tips on how to improve care and inform you about professional denture cleaning. A dental technician can also remove hard deposits and discolorations that are deeply anchored in the plastic from time to time.