If you’ve been evaluating different tooth replacement options, you’ve probably noticed that there are a variety of different treatments available. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace teeth, while dental bridges are kept in place because they are anchored to adjacent teeth. Dentures on the other hand sit on top of existing gum tissue. A flexible, custom-fitted acrylic gum form keeps your dentures in place.
Because dentures sit on top of the teeth and are removable, they require some denture-specific cleaning in order to keep them fresh. By following some basic denture hygiene tips you can enjoy functional, beautiful dentures for years to come. Here are some cleaning tips our O’Fallon dentures dentists generally recommend:
Remember to Rinse
Make sure to rinse your dentures after eating and anytime you’re about to put them back into your mouth.
Keep Your Gum Tissue and Natural Teeth Clean
After you take out your dentures, take the time to clean your mouth as well as your dentures. Brush your gums and oral tissues to remove and debris that might have been trapped by dentures during the day.
You should be cleaning your dentures with a dental cleaner at least once day—giving them a good scrub with a soft-bristled brush. It is equally important that you then soak your dentures in specially formulated dentures solution. The exception is dentures with metal parts that could corrode—your dentist will give you special instructions to clean metal dentures.
See Your Dentist!
Semi-annual regular professional cleanings will keep your mouth and natural tissues clean and healthy. These cleanings are also an ideal time for your dentist to assess the fit and functionality of your dentures.
By following a few simple rules you can keep your dentures clean and comfortable for years to come. Give our O’Fallon dentures dentists a call for more information or to schedule an appointment—(636) 614-1217.