Just like your natural teeth, dentures require daily cleaning and benefit greatly from periodic professional cleanings. MaeNell Sullivan, DPD, offers professional-grade denture cleaning at her practice, Tenino Denture Center in Tenino, Washington. Also, if you received your dentures at the center, your cleaning is a complimentary service. Call the center today to schedule professional denture cleaning or book your visit online.
Although they’re created from synthetic materials and you won’t have to worry about cavities, dentures require regular cleaning to keep them hygienic and free of stains, plaque, and tartar buildup.
This includes daily cleaning that you perform at home and routine professional cleanings that can tackle tough stains and tartar without damaging your dentures.
You can expect to receive detailed instructions about how to care for your dentures when you receive them. Generally, however, licensed denturist Ms. Sullivan recommends you remove your dentures and give them a quick rinse after each meal.
This helps remove microscopic food debris from the dentures, which can attract the same decay-causing bacteria as natural teeth.
Remove and brush your dentures at least once daily with a nonabrasive denture cleaner and a brush that’s specifically designed for dentures. It’s important to clean your tongue and gums at this point too with a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze to prevent a buildup of bacteria.
If your dentures need to remain moist to preserve their shape, soak them overnight in water or a mild denture solution.
During denture cleaning and polishing, your denturist uses products and tools that are designed specifically for professional denture care. These products are stronger than those available over the counter and offer the extra power necessary to eliminate stains and tartar buildup. This is the same type of tartar that collects on natural teeth. On dentures, it often appears as a pale, yellowish crust between the teeth and on the sides of the dentures.
Your denturist also takes time during the cleaning to examine your dentures for signs of wear and tear or small cracks that can enlarge and cause future problems.
Ms. Sullivan also checks the fit of your dentures and advises you if they need to be relined to ensure a stable fit that prevents them from slipping or sliding.
For more information regarding denture cleaning or any other services at Tenino Denture Center, call the office or book a visit online today.