This may not be a very familiar topic for a lot of people, so we’ll start by explaining what a denture is. A denture is simply an artificial replacement for one or more teeth. Based on how many teeth it may be replacing, a denture can be full or partial in either or both jaws.
Dentures are recommended in cases where, for whatever reason, there has been loss or deterioration of your teeth. Elderly people usually need them due to the effects of time but anybody may need them in cases in which teeth can’t be replaced with crown or filings. Dentist see dentures as a last option. They’ll try to save your original teeth but sometimes the damage is too large and there’s simply not enough of an anchor to use more discreet methods.
Nowadays, dentures are very sophisticated. Most of the time, people are not going to be able to tell the difference between a full denture and a set of natural teeth. It may take a time getting used to wear them but dentures can significantly improve the quality of your life.
Importance of Denture Hygiene
Why is denture hygiene important? Well, the answer for that question is slightly different depending of your particular conditions, but basically, the acrylic material that is present in most dentures is a good place for the colonization of microorganisms. With time, these creatures could lead to serious dental disorders as well as other physical health issues. Some people are more vulnerable to these effects, people with poor health and the elderly are most at risk.
Also, keeping a clean and odor-free denture has esthetic importance.
First of all, you need to know that just brushing is ineffective to get your denture clean. Household bleach or vinegar are way better and can even be as effective as commercial products. We recommend the following.
Take out the denture and brush it delicately and thoroughly.
In a container of the appropriate size, add 1 part of bleach and 10 parts of water OR use common vinegar without diluting.
Submerge in cleaning solution (bleach or vinegar) for 15 minutes
Although this part is not essential for cleansing, many users like to rinse their dentures with mouthwash to get rid of the smell or taste of vinegar or bleach.
Please be careful with the bleach, if it is too concentrated then it may cause damage to your oral Mucosa. Depending of its concentration, you may actually feel the irritation and dryness quite quickly.
If your denture hasn’t been cleaned in a while and you notice many “deposits”, then soaking it for a whole week in bleach (1:10 dilution) or vinegar (white vinegar is preferred) is a good and simple way to clean them.
There are other methods for cleaning dentures but the one described above is the most well-regarded and recommended so far.
You can microwave your dentures for about three minutes once each week.
Using a baking soda solution of 2 teaspoons in a glass of water can also help clean dentures.
Commercial methods in Pakistan
Colgate® has a large variety of products for denture care and cleaning, they also have several tutorials on denture care on their website.