DENTURE CLEANING AND ORAL CARE
Dentures are an investment in your well-being. They require Attention and Care, the fit and function of your denture and oral tissue is key to successful denture experience
PROFESIONAL DENTURE CLEANING
Why is it so important to have your denture carefully and, above all, professionally cleaned?
Dentures change with age.
Under the microscope, you can see how the surface becomes increasingly rough.
• Bacterial plaque
• Stubborn tartar
• Stains caused by foods, for example, tea, coffee, red wine and medicines
• Strong nicotine build-up
• The denture looses its lustre and becomes marked and unattractive. These deposits make the denture prone to bacteria and germs.
• Sourly tasting and often bad breath
• Build-up of pressure/sore spots
and carries high risks:
•Chronic and painful gingivitis
•Allergic reactions and gingiva illnesses
•Damage to healthy residual dentition
•Loss of function of the denture
• Regular and professional denture cleaning effectively removes stubborn and dangerous deposits and reduce risks.
• A smooth surface
• Free from deposits
• Free from bacteria and germs
• Free from odours
• Retains its function
• Longer value
SUGGESTED PRODUCT LIST FOR DENTURE CARE
Denture brush (harder bristled brush to remove plaque), soft-bristle toothbrush (for brushing your gums and tongue),
ULTRASONIC DENTURE CLEANER
Laboratory grade denture cleaning in your own home,
Use with a Denture Cleaner for best results.
Ask our friendly staff where to get yours.
It does not matter what you use as long as it is made for dentures and you use it daily generally before bed. There are cleaning pastes and tablets available at chemists and supermarkets.
polident® is a brand that Allround denture clinic knows and trusts.
Biotène® dry mouth gel or spray—dry mouth will increase the frequency and severity of sore spots. Many prescription drugs and radiation therapy cause dry mouth. Biotène® is available at most chemists.
ADHESIVE - POWDERS, PASTES, WAFERS
Poligrip® - Powders, wafer strips and pastes: easy to apply, not easy to clean
Holdtite® – Powders and pastes: easy to apply, not easy to clean
Sea-Bond® – Wafer: good product for very shrunken and sensitive gums because it provides a layer between the denture and your gums. Needs to be replaced every day and is easy to clean as it just peels out. Not for people with poor dexterity because you need to cut the wafer to the shape of your denture.
If you need to use an adhesive, talk to us about your needs first
In many cases, the use of adhesives is not necessary with proper denture maintenance, which includes routine denture relines. Also, the placement of dental implants will completely alleviate the need for adhesives. If you would like to know more call today for more information.
ORAL CARE TIPS
• Rinse and brush dentures and natural teeth after every meal. Brush dentures inside and out using warm water and a mild soap or denture toothpaste.
• To brush natural teeth properly, place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the junction between the tooth and gum, applying gentle pressure as you move the brush away from the gums.
• Gently brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a moistened, soft bristle brush to stimulate circulation, tone gum tissue and clean your mouth of bacteria.
• Use a denture brush to gently brush your dentures. Denture brushes are stiffer but have soft bristles that are angled specifically for use with dentures. Be sure to brush all surfaces, and pay extra attention to the spaces between “teeth” and the areas that come in contact with your gums.
• When brushing or rinsing dentures, use a half-filled basin of water or hold a damp towel underneath to cushion the fall in case they’re dropped.
• If you are in a situation where complete cleaning is not possible after a particular meal, be sure you still rinse both natural teeth and dentures with water. While the dentures are out, use your tongue to rub the sides of the supporting natural teeth.
• Rinse your mouth frequently with water throughout the day to keep it free of bacteria and freshen breath.
• Floss between natural teeth and stimulate your gums, by brushing a minimum of twice daily with a soft bristled tooth brush, this promotes blood flow to your gums which your denture sits on daily.
• To floss, wrap a length of floss around your middle fingers until you have a two-inch length between them. With the thumb and forefinger of each hand, guide the floss gently between each tooth, using a back-and-forth motion. Curve the floss around each tooth in a “C” shape and gently guide it up and under the gum line.
• Overnight Dentures should ideally be taken out daily and soaked for several hours or overnight. This not only keeps dentures clean but gives the supporting tissues in your mouth a chance to rest. Removal is recommended before bed or during a private time such as while bathing.
• Rinse and brush your natural teeth and dentures to remove all bacteria, plaque and debris.
• Soak your dentures overnight in a covered container filled with a denture cleaning solution using tablets The solution will help loosen and remove stains and deposits.
• Rinse your dentures in warm running water again after soaking, and brush natural teeth, before putting dentures back in your mouth.