Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic or metal that fit over the gums to replace missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating, speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. Sometimes all the teeth need to be removed and replaced.
Complete Dentures (a full set) replace all your upper or lower teeth. Partial Dentures replace just one or a few missing teeth
Looking After Your Dentures
Dentures may feel strange to begin with, but you'll soon get used to them. Your dental professional will advise you whether you need to wear your dentures all the time, including while sleeping.
It is not always necessary to remove your dentures at night, but doing so can allow your gums to rest as you sleep. If you do remove your dentures, they should be kept moist – for example in a suitable overnight denture cleaning solution like Secure Cleaning Tablets – to stop the denture material from drying out and altering its shape.
Keeping your mouth clean is important when you wear dentures. You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.
Cleaning Your Dentures
It's important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures. Unclean ones can lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Clean your dentures twice a day like you would your normal teeth. The general rule for cleaning dentures is: brush, soak, brush.
- Brush your dentures with a small to medium headed toothbrush such as the Search 3.5 using toothpaste before soaking. This will help remove any food particles.
- Using a fizzy denture cleaner such as Secure Denture Cleaning Tablets will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher.
- Brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.
- Dentures may break if you drop them, so you should clean them over a bowl or sink filled with water.
- If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dentist or hygienist.
It's important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures. You should not need to use denture adhesive if the denture fits properly. However, if your jawbone shrinks adhesive may be the only way to help retain them. Your dental professional will advise you on this.
Some people feel more confident with their denture if they use adhesive. The Secure Denture Adhesive is highly recommended and one of our best sellers.
Adhesive can be removed from the denture by brushing with soap and water.
If you are experiencing any trouble with your dentures please visit your dental practice.