Modern dentures are a great way to restore teeth that have been lost due to aging, illness, or lifestyle factors. Just like healthy natural teeth, dentures can be not only practical but beautiful as well. Simply follow the steps outlined in this post and you’ll soon be dazzling world with your smile. Let’s begin by looking at some important no-no’s when it comes to denture care and cleaning.
Products You Should Never Use to Whiten Your Dentures
Some products should never be used to whiten dentures. These include:
- Any items that include chlorine solutions, including household bleach.
- Other household cleaners, including glass cleaner.
- Teeth whitening toothpastes. These products contain peroxides, which have no effect on dentures. However, they may provide a modest whitening effect for natural teeth.
- Any type of hard bristle brush, including hard bristle toothbrushes.
- Lemon juice.
- Baking soda.
- Metal polishing agents.
Avoid using any of these products to clean or whiten your dentures. Not only can they discolor the material, they can damage your denture as well. In some cases, they can even make you ill.
Products That Are Okay to Use for Whitening Dentures
Here are some products that work fine for keeping your dentures looking their best:
- Low-abrasive toothpaste. It’s fine to use a name brand low abrasive brand of toothpaste along with a soft bristle brush daily to clean your dentures. Your dentist can suggest a good choice.
- Manufacturer approved denture soaking solution. You’ll find these products online or at your local pharmacy. You can also ask your dentist to recommend a particular brand. Remember to follow the directions on the packaging.
Other Tips for Keeping Your Dentures Looking Their Best
- Rinsing your dentures often. This is especially important after enjoying colored beverages such as red wine, coffee, or teeth. Otherwise you risk staining the material.
- Keep your dentures in soaking solution or warm water when not in use. This is important for protecting not only their appearance but their functionality.
- Use care when handling your dentures. Today’s dentures are made from high-quality material and designed to last for years. Nevertheless, you should use care when touching them.
- Have your dentist check and clean your dentures every six months. A dental office has access to professional cleaning and polishing products that remove not only stains but other imperfections.
Special Tips for Partial Denture Wearers
Most partial dentures rely on small metallic fasteners to stay in place. It’s very important not to use any unapproved product to clean these components. Not only can they discolor the metal, they can damage the entire denture. Ask your dentist or the product manufacturer for tips on keeping your partial denture looking and functioning its best.
The Final Word
Today’s dentures are comfortable, effective, and even beautiful when properly cared for. Use the tips in this post to keep your dentures in top shape for many years to come. With a little effort and some guidance from your dentist, you’ll soon be on your way to sunnier days and spectacular smiles.
About the Author
Dr. Sammi Hadad is not only an exceptional dentist, she’s also a Michigan native who grew up in the Downriver area. She earned her DDS degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School and holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Utah. You can reach her office online or by calling (734) 479-4600.