Caring and cleaning for your false teeth

Caring for your false teeth

False teeth or dentures have existed for centuries and it is documented that they were in use as early as 700 BC in Northern Italy. They were made from either animal or human teeth. Today they are made of metal or acrylic.

Most people don’t clean and care for their choppers. They take them for granted and the final result is gum illness and eventual loss of teeth. It is important to treat your dentures like your natural teeth. Keep them clean also to avoid fungal or bacterial infections. Remove them at night to allow your mouth to rest. Once you remove them ensure you leave them in water to avoid cracking or warping. You can also soak them in a cleaning solution particularly made for dentures. Your dentist will advise you on the best solution to store them in. It is recommended that you should clean them twice a day and after each meal.

 

False teeth are not that common because other options are available. They include caps, dental implants, veneers and crowns.

Cleaning your false teeth

-You should clean your dentures to keep them looking fresh. However, cleaning dentures is not easy. Before attempting to clean your denture always remove them.

-Brushing dentures helps in removal of stains and food debris. It is highly recommended that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent scaring as well as damage to the exterior.

-There are specially designed toothbrushes in the market that provide the best option when it comes to their proper maintenance.

-Clean your false teeth over a folded towel or a bowl of water in case you drop them.

-Use a fizzy or effervescent denture cleaner for removing stubborn.

-Avoid cheap brands of denture cleaners that have bleach as their main ingredient. The main reason is that bleach breaks down the molecular structure of the plastics that are used in constructing the denture very quickly. The end result is weakening of the false teeth and making it appear unsightly.

-Bleach also discolors the pink regions that represent the gums.

-Clean even the surfaces that touch your gums especially if you are using any type of denture fixative.

-Avoid using very hot water to soak the denture since it also weakens the denture making it prone to breakage.

-In case you have sensitive gums and you need a softer lining for your dentures it is important to consult your dentist before trying out any fixatives or cleaning products since they can damage the soft lining.

Dental baths that utilize sonic waves can be used to supplement cleaning to help remove stubborn stains and debris.

Ensure that you visit your dentist regularly so that your dentures and the soft regions of your mouth are checked. This will ensure that any infections are detected earlier and treated to avoid further complications. Your dentists will tell you how often you should visit him. In a nutshell, proper maintenance of your false teeth using the tips given above will help keep your dentures in good working condition for a longer period and your mouth healthier.