Posted on: 20 February 2015Share
Whether you have a partial or a full set of prosthetic teeth in the form of dentures, keeping them clean is surely one of the most important things to you. Just as it is with natural teeth, clean dentures will mean a clean, healthy looking smile for your mouth, which is always important. While you may not get the chance to plop your teeth in a soak every night while you sleep, you no doubt have questions about keeping your dentures clean and sanitary. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning denture cleansing.
Is it really necessary to purchase a denture toothbrush?
The unusually shaped denture toothbrush that you see in the store is designed to work well with the shape and material of the dentures. Because there is no need for concern about the bristles being too abrasive, they are typically made out of a more stiff nylon material. You do not necessarily have to invest in a denture brush, but it can help to have one on hand for stubborn stains and spots.
What is the easiest way to remove coffee or tea stains from your dentures?
If your dentures start to look stained or yellowed, it is a good idea to soak them in an effervescent cleaning solution that is sold over the counter. The teeth should be soaked anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, according to the manufacturer's directions. For especially stubborn stains, try soaking them in the solution and brushing the teeth alternatively until the stains break up and disappear.
Is it true that you can use bleach to remove stubborn spots?
It is never a good idea to use harsh and abrasive cleaning solutions to clean your dentures. The chlorine in bleach will damage the pliability of the softer acrylic materials of your dentures, leaving them hard and possibly even discolored. If you have spots on your teeth that are excessively difficult to remove, talk to your dentist about possible denture resurfacing, which involves adding a thin layer of resin material to the teeth to cover the stains.
When you have a clean set of teeth, you can feel more confident when you share your smile with the rest of the world. Make sure you know how to properly care for your dentures by talking to your dentist about any questions you have about keeping them clean and sanitary.
For more information, contact Tony Parsley, DMD or a similar dental professional.