Hygiene and cleaning of the denture
It is advisable to clean your dentures after each meal, using a soft-bristled toothbrush, intrudos and extrados. Use non-abrasive toothpaste, cleansing foam or mild soap. When cleaning, these products are very effective while being non-damaging to your dentures. By using abrasive or bleaching products, you would cause an increase of bacterial adhesion. During cleaning, avoid holding your dentures in the palm of your hand, they are fragile and this will avoid breaking them. In addition, clean over a sink filled with water. The dangers will be reduced and in case they slip out, the shock would be reduced.
To moderate bone resorption, massage your gums daily with a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste.
In addition, it is recommended to remove your dentures overnight. Place them in a dental prosthesis bath filled with cold water or warm water or in a soaking solution. The toughest stains will fade and simultaneously you’ll help to release your gums from the continuous pressure that dentures exert on them, helping to slow down bone resorption. If special circumstances require you to wear your dentures day and night, it is recommended to schedule a daily period of about two hours during which you can remove them.
To extend the life time of your dentures, we recommend an annual visit with your denturologist. This meeting of control allows to evaluate the level of comfort, to detect any current problem and to prevent from it. At the same time, proceed to the cleaning of your dentures in an ultrasonic bath and polishing, this will rejuvenate their appearance. This also reveals whether an adjustment is needed such as relining or a rebasing, which can be frequent after a few years.
Complete replacement of dentures should be done every 5 to 7 years.