How Hard Is It For Me To Keep My Dentures Clean

How Hard Is It For Me To Keep My Dentures Clean

How Hard Is It For Me To Keep My Dentures Clean

Dentures are a great option for those who suffer from tooth loss. But they do require special care and regular check-ups with your denture specialist. Keeping them clean and bacteria-free is crucial. A report by Research Gate concluded that only 16.7 percent of dentures worn by the elderly are properly cleaned.

Keeping dentures clean prevents oral infections and increases the longevity of your dentures. In fact, a survey released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that those with dentures that were in poor condition had irregular cleansing habits and less usage of cleaning solutions.

Here are a few things to think about when it comes to keeping your dentures sparkling.

SURFACE PORES

While common denture materials like acrylic appear to be solid, they actually have tiny pores. And these pores can serve as the perfect place for colonies of bacteria to nest. Brushing does a good job of removing debris from the surface, but a denture soak is what really finishes the job. There are tons of denture soaks available that address different types of issues (fresh breath, antibacterial, whitening). There are even all-natural cleaning solutions you can make at home, too.

CANDIDA

Oral candidiasis, also known as oral thrush, is when a Candida fungus finds a home on the lining of your mouth. Interestingly, candida is a harmless organism commonly found in the mouth, but when it becomes overgrown it can become a problem. The symptoms include white lesions on tongue, inner check, gums or tonsils. Those who wear dentures are susceptible to overgrown Candida because of the the way dentures act as reservoirs for bacteria. According to Research Gate, there is a significant correlation between poor denture hygiene and the prevalence of Candida.

DENTURE-DESTORYING FOODS

There are some types of foods that can be particularly hard on dentures: popcorn, nuts, peanut butter, corn on the cob, gum, taffy and caramel. Rinsing dentures and scrubbing them with a special denture brush is a good idea after eating any of theses foods.

DENTURE ADHESIVE BUILD-UP

Denture adhesives can come in handy when your dentures need a little extra something to stay put. But it’s important to make sure you are removing it completely each night. If not, it can build up on your dentures and gums. Be sure to remove all particles from your dentures by rinsing it with water or mouthwash. And make sure any adhesive that is stuck to gums is removed. A soft-bristled toothbrush on your gums will usually do the trick.

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