We all know that your oral hygiene matters every single day of the year and looking after your dentures is now more important than ever during this difficult period.
With everyone staying at home, and our NHS and essential workers fighting tooth and nail to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many are concerned about how to keep on top of their dentures whilst we are in lockdown.
Clean and brush your dentures daily
Get into the habit of cleaning and brushing your natural teeth, gums, tongue, palate and dentures after every meal. This will not only help to remove leftover food particles, but prevents stains, plaque and bacteria forming – leaving you feeling refreshed throughout the day and night.
Make sure to rinse your dentures with warm running water first, then begin the gently clean them using a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleanser. Note: Avoid using conventional toothpastes which can lead to the discolouration of denture teeth and any bleaching products which can weaken dentures.
For more in-depth information, check out our blog: How do I clean my dentures?
Handle with care
Dentures need to be handled carefully, especially when cleaning or removing them. Top tip: Place a towel on the counter or fill the sink with water to reduce the risk of breaking your dentures if you drop them by accident.
If a piece of food is stuck in between your teeth, do not use toothpicks as these can create scratches and gaps which affects the shape of the dentures. Remember to never leave them unattended and in sight of pets or children – a half eaten or broken denture is useless to anyone!
Soak in a solution
For most dentures, they need to be kept moist in order to maintain their shape and comfortably fit inside your mouth. Soaking them in a mild denture solution when they are not in use especially overnight is the best way to protect them from damage.
If you wear metal dentures, ask a dental expert about which method is best for looking after your particular denture type, as the solution’s chemicals could tarnish them.
Check the fitting
Finally, if you feel that your dentures are a lot looser than usual and just don’t seem to fit right, this is could be a result of your gums and jaw bone shrinking over time. Unfortunately, this can lead to denture sores and inflammation of the mouth and lips called stomatitis.
It’s always best to consult a professional in these cases. Removable partial dentures may only need a denture adhesive to solve the problem but depending on the circumstances, repairing or replacing dentures is the only solution.
Do not attempt to repair your dentures at home as this can lead to further damage and discomfort. At Smiles and More, even though our denture clinics are closed please be assured that if you have a denture emergency we will be available to help by calling 07770686764.