How Do Dentists Recommend You Clean Your Dentures?

There are several different methods that you might consider to clean your dentures. Since someone is always trying to sell you something, there will always be conflicting products and conflicting methods. Your best option, as with all dental care, is to rely on the advice of professional dentists. So, what do they tell you to do?

After Eating

After you eat is the most crucial time to clean your dentures. They will not form a perfect seal against your gums, which means that bacteria can get underneath the dentures. That can cause gum disease. Rinse them with clean water and brush them with a soft toothbrush. Make sure that you’ve removed all food from your dentures. You should also make sure you rinse off the adhesive that holds them onto your gums.

Before you reinsert, you should clean your mouth as well. Brush any natural teeth with a soft toothbrush. Use an even softer brush to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth. Once you’ve done that, rinse out your mouth, and you’re ready to go.

Before Bed

At night, you’ll need to remove your dentures and clean them much like you would after eating. It’s even more important that you remove all possible traces of the denture adhesive. Also, you might need to store the dentures in water. Some dentures need to stay moist to retain their shape.

You should ask your dentist about overnight denture cleaner. Some dentures are designed to soak overnight in an antimicrobial solution that keeps them clean. Other dentists will recommend you just use room temperature water. Make sure to follow your dentist’s advice.

In the Morning

In the morning, make sure you rinse off your dentures, especially if you soak them in denture cleaner. Some types of denture cleaner contain harmful chemicals that can cause vomiting, nausea, and other discomfort. Apply some denture adhesive, and you’re ready to go.

Taking care of dentures follows the same basic principles as taking care of your natural teeth. The only real difference is that you can remove them. In some ways, that makes it easier to take care of them. Just make sure to ask your Meridian dentist about different options before you leave the office. When kept clean, a good pair of dentures can last for years.