Denture Care and Maintenance
Taking care of your full or partial dentures in Burlington is not rocket science, but it does require a certain amount of discipline. Dentures are not cheap and not taking care of them properly can mean having to replace them much earlier than you otherwise would have.
Let’s take a look at the key components of a proper denture maintenance program:
- Clean daily. If they are not properly cleaned, partial or full dentures in Burlington can build up stains, bacteria, tartar and plaque. Not only are these unsightly, they can also lead to infection and irritation of the underlying gums. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a mild soap or nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your dentures (no whitening toothpastes, very hot water or products that contain bleach).
- Take care of your mouth. Whether you have partial or full dentures, you need to look after your mouth. Remove your dentures and gently massage your gums with a soft toothbrush or washcloth. If you wear partial dentures in Burlington, floss and brush your natural teeth like you normally would.
- Soak daily. You should remove your dentures at least six to eight hours every day. This gives your gums a chance to recover and allows you to soak the dentures to remove stains, bacteria, tartar and plaque. Soak your partial or full dentures in Burlington in a 50/50 warm water/vinegar solution or designated denture cleaning solution. If they have metal clasps, use only warm water.
- Handle carefully. Dentures are easily broken or otherwise damaged if they are dropped. To help prevent this, put some water in the bottom of the sink or work over a folded towel when you are cleaning them. And keep them out of reach of young children or pets!
- Dentures anchored in dental implants are not usually removed and can be brushed and flossed as you would natural teeth. Remember to be a bit gentler with your implants because they aren’t quite as tough as natural teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Whether you wear removable partial or full dentures in Burlington or have implants, it’s important to get at least one dental exam a year. Your mouth and jaw are constantly evolving, necessitating changes to your dentures, and your remaining natural teeth need normal care.
Do your dentures need care? Call us at the BurlOak Denture Clinic to book your free initial consultation. We accept walk-ins, as well. At the BurlOak Denture Clinic, we even offer in-home or hospital house calls in the Burlington-Oakville area.
Call us today to book an appointment!