What is Plaque?
An invisible bacterial film that forms gradually, not only on natural teeth but on dentures as well. Once it hardens, plaque turns into calculus or tartar, which is an open invitation to tissue irritation, gum disease, bacterial stomatitis (inflammation), to name a few of the harmful consequences of inadequate denture hygiene.
How can brushing help?
The ideal denture brush has soft bristles and can reach every crevice in the denture. For cleaning, the use of a mild soap or dishwashing detergent is appropriate. After every meal, gently brush the denture over its entire surface, paying special attention to the areas around teeth and where the denture contacts the gums. Using toothpaste and hard bristle brush will damage the dentures by scratching it, which will attract more plaque.
Rinsing your denture
After cleaning the dentures with a soft brush and soap, it is also recommended that the patient gently brush their tongue, gums and the roof of the mouth with a soft brush. This massage will stimulate circulation and tones the gum tissue while ridding mouth of bacteria.
Tip – Always clean dentures over the sink full of water, if you happen to drop your denture the impact will be considerably lessened.
Maximising the life of your dentures “Soaking”
Prolonged exposure of your denture to air can discolour and dry out the acrylic, making it more brittle. When the denture is removed at night, keep it in a container, filled with water.
Tip – Add a small pinch of salt to kill bacteria. Never use bleach to clean or soak your denture.