Cleaning Your Dentures – 101
Food and plaque will attach themselves to dentures, much like they do with natural teeth. Dental plaque is a “sticky” bacteria film that forms after you drink or eat. If you don’t regularly clean your dentures, then you risk plaque build-up. This can increase the chances of bad breath and gum disease.
Your Anchorage dentist will recommend you brush them once a day, at the very least! However, it’s far better to think about cleaning them twice daily. Therefore, it’s encouraged to brush your dentures when you wake up and before you go to bed. Secondly, it’s a good idea to soak them in a dental cleaning solution or mild soap, every night after you pull them out. What’s not a good idea is brushing them with toothpaste. Save the toothpaste for cleaning your natural teeth, gums, and tongue during your daily oral hygiene routine. Many toothpaste brands have ingredients that are too harsh to use on this treatment and you risk damaging them. In addition, don’t forget to floss!
Lastly, a mouthwash rinse will aid your overall oral health. There are two options for denture-wearers in this regard. You can remove your dentures and rinse or you can use a mouthwash, specially-made for dentures. The choice is yours!