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Avoid These 3 Destructive Denture Practices

Denture Model On Dentist Table
Modern dentures are made of durable materials and help you to speak and chew better. However, dentures still require special care to keep them in the best possible working shape. Are you taking care of your dentures the way you should? Take a look at these three destructive denture practices and what you should do instead.

1. Soak Your Dentures the Wrong Way

Most dentures are made of an acrylic plastic base with plastic or porcelain teeth. Stainless steel or a chrome-cobalt alloy form the inner framework and reinforcement clasps. Dentures are designed to be kept moist by the saliva of the wearer, which helps dentures keep their unique shape and form.
When you remove your dentures at night, you need to keep them moist. Usually people soak them in water or other solutions that kill bacteria and germs. However, improper immersion or failure to soak them at all can have negative consequences.
One way to warp your dentures and ruin their shape is to soak them in hot, boiling water. Denture wearers succeed in killing germs with boiling water, but the high heat makes the acrylic warp. Another way to ruin your dentures is by not soaking them at all. This mistake will cause them to dry out and become brittle and susceptible to cracks if you drop them. Both scenarios result in a poor denture fit.
What to Do Instead
To maintain the proper denture shape, hydrate them overnight the right way. Use room temperature water rather than hot water. If you want to kill germs, soak them in a solution designed specifically for that purpose. If for some reason you leave your dentures out in the air, you will feel more comfortable if you rehydrate them for an hour or so before you fit them in your mouth.

2. Brush Your Dentures With a Stiff Brush

The smooth acrylic denture surface consists of tiny microscopic indentations that hold food and bacteria. In an effort to clean dentures thoroughly, you might be tempted to tackle them with a stiff-bristled toothbrush.
Unfortunately, stiff brushes are incredibly abrasive and can wear down the plastic surface and enlarge the microscopic dents. Overtime the likelihood of bacteria such as E. coli and staph on your dentures increases.  Vigorous brushing might also bend and damage metal parts and attachments.
What to Do Instead
The proper brush for dentures should have soft bristles designed to prevent scratches. Brush your dentures at least once a day to keep them clean. If you are worried about lingering bacteria that causes bad breath and denture odor, include as part of your routine a regular denture soak in a solution designed to kill germs.

3. Brush Your Dentures With the Wrong Cleaner

As your dentist has likely told you, you need to keep your dentures clean. Dentures require regular cleaning to keep them white, attractive, and healthy.
However, the kind of cleaner or paste you use does matter. Avoid toothpaste that boasts any bleach ingredients. Whitening toothpaste with peroxide is only truly effective on natural teeth, and bleach weakens dentures. Additionally, chlorine can tarnish or corrode exposed metal parts on your dentures.
What to Do Instead
Use a cleaner intended for dentures. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your dentures to remove any residual cleaners before you wear them. If you wear partial dentures, you can still use traditional toothpaste on your natural teeth.
For more ways to keep your dentures in the best possible shape, visit our friendly and knowledgeable team at Palmetto Denture Care, PA. If necessary, we can improve your dental fit with a reline or an adjustment.