Whether you wear full or partial dentures, proper denture care is just as important as caring for normal teeth. By keeping your dentures clean, you can avoid any build-up of bacteria that can cause infections. If you follow our denture care tips, you can extend the life of your teeth and enjoy a clean and healthy smile round the clock.
Have a daily denture care regime
Cleaning your dentures at the end of every day is a healthy routine to get into. As soon as you remove your dentures, gently massage your gums with a soft or ultra-soft toothbrush to remove any debris or film. Finish by rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Use the correct amount of Fixodent denture adhesive.
Fixodent denture adhesives are high performance formulations capable of creating a secure grip for your dentures whilst improving the comfort of the fit. However, you should only need to use a small amount every day, and Fixodent denture adhesive cream cannot effectively compensate for ill-fitting dentures. If you are experiencing considerable discomfort, consult your dentist for advice.
Combat bad breath.
Dentures can interfere with your mouth’s natural production of saliva, which manages levels of bacteria and removes food particles from around your mouth – preventing these particles from decaying and causing bad breath. Using Fixodent Dual Protection denture adhesive boosts the natural cleansing qualities of saliva and has an antibacterial action that provides clinically fresher breath. Fixodent Dual Protection also features ‘food seal’ technology that creates a seal along your dentures to prevent tiny food particles from becoming trapped.
Soak your dentures.
When you aren’t wearing your dentures, get into the habit of keeping them moist. If you don’t, they will dry out and eventually start to lose their shape. Proper denture care means you should always soak your dentures overnight, preferably in a denture cleanser soaking solution, or in water if none is available.
Avoid hot water.
Whatever you do, never place your dentures in hot water. Excessive heat can cause dentures to warp, become misshapen and could prove costly to be rectified by your dentist.
Dentures with metal attachments.
Not all dentures are made entirely of acrylic. Some also incorporate metal attachments to keep them in place. Because placing dentures with metal attachments in water can cause the metal to tarnish, you should seek advice from your dentist on the best type of denture care for type of denture.
Have regular dental check-ups.
Wearing dentures doesn’t mean you get to wave goodbye to your dentist.
Regular dental care check-ups are still a must. It’s essential that you see your dentist at least once a year – particular attention should be paid to your oral tissues, especially around your gums. You can be susceptible to gum disease even if you no longer have any natural teeth. Also, other conditions, including oral cancer, can still affect your gums, oral tissues and cavities, tongue and upper or lower jaws. We strongly advice that all these potential concerns should be checked out regularly by your dentist.