Caring For Dentures – Cleaning, Whitening, Repairing

The price of false teeth doesn’t come cheap, and so caring for dentures properly is vitally important.

Caring For Dentures – Cleaning, Whitening, RepairingKnowing how to how to clean dentures properly and keep them white, plays a big part.

If the worst should happen, knowing how to get them repaired or repair them yourself is a bonus.

Best Way To Clean Dentures

Cleaning dentures is not only essential for your oral health but it’s also vital to keep them in good condition.

Bacteria and food can get trapped in the crevices, just as it can with your natural teeth, so always make sure they are clean and germ free.

If you use adhesives to hold them in place there can be a buildup of products which needs to be removed too.

Porcelain and acrylic dentures may require different cleaning to soft flexible types, and your dentist will usually provide advice tailored specifically to the teeth you’ve chosen.

It also goes without saying that permanent dentures require different products, as some products are never to be put inside your mouth.

There are several ways to take care of cleaning your false teeth, but the most common are:

  • Denture cleaning tablets
  • Special or soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste
  • Sonic denture cleaner

Whenever you use a commercial product to clean your false teeth always follow the instructions.

Never use hot water as this could warp or break the teeth.

Never put denture tablets in your mouth, always use a proper container, and soak for the recommended time.

While some tablets will produce results quickly, others will require overnight soaking to remove stains.

The latest innovation of the sonic cleaner allows cleaning in a short period of time, with minimum effort.

There is divided opinion on the best way to clean dentures, and some experts say that the use of a sonic cleaner does not remove the need for using a manual or electric toothbrush afterwards.

How To Whiten Dentures

As there are many different types of dentures there are also many ways to whiten them.

For instance, soft flexible options are available and your dentist will have given advice on how to care for them. The advice will probably have suggested how to keep them clean and which products were safe to use.

There are many homemade remedies for whitening teeth, and that includes false teeth.

Some people use hydrogen peroxide to bleach false teeth, soak them in lemon juice, baking soda, or vinegar.

However, for safety reasons most dentists will recommend using only specialized denture cleansers.

Whenever anything is used to clean false teeth they must be thoroughly rinsed before putting them back in your mouth.

How To Repair Dentures

If you break your false teeth you may need new ones. On the other hand, you may be able to have them repaired or even fix them yourself.

There are a variety of denture repair kits on the market, which include glue and everything else to fix your false teeth at home.

If you prefer to have them fixed professionally, there are many dental technicians and laboratories who operate 7 days a week, or 24 hour dentists who can provide emergency denture repair the very same day.

Experts can quickly replace missing teeth and repair cracks. They can also reline the teeth, which will make them fit better.

Slack teeth wobble around when you’re eating, and many times this is what actually causes them to break.

If you are on a budget and don’t qualify for free dentures, then you could get cut price or free dental treatment via a variety of charities and organizations.

Ways to avoid breaking your teeth are;

  • Don’t use hot water on them
  • Handle above a soft surface or full basin of water (to cushion them if dropped)
  • Make sure they fit properly

It’s important to look after your teeth, whether they are your natural ones or not. Good looking teeth can make you feel more confident, and false ones can last for many years if you look after them.

By caring for dentures properly they will last you much longer and look much better than if you neglect them.