Just like natural teeth, it is quite necessary to maintain your dentures for a bright and healthy smile, too. But can you whiten your dull dentures? Is it possible? Well, you can definitely get them properly cleaned to brighten them. In this blog, we have detailed denture cleaning instructions along with whitening solutions you can use.
Essential Denture Care
Dentists always recommend cleaning the dentures daily to prevent permanent stains and maintain their durability. Here’s an easy routine for you to follow:
Step 1: Gently remove the dentures from your mouth
Their care starts from the initial removal. Use your fingers to apply gentle, even pressure. Avoid excessive force, as it may bend or damage your dentures. Slowly take them out, ensuring you do not harm the delicate structure.
Step 2: Thorough rinsing to remove any food particles or adhesive residue
Once your dentures come off, the next step is to rinse them thoroughly under lukewarm water. This step helps remove all the remaining food particles stuck on your dentures. Pay close attention to not miss cleaning all areas, particularly the front, back, and in-between any artificial teeth. Additionally, this rinse may also serve as a point to eliminate any adhesive residue left on your dentures.
Step 3: Brush your dentures with a denture cleanser
Make sure to cover all surfaces, including the part that touches your gums. Gentle brushing is key to prevent any damage. To keep them clean and free from stains, use a soft-bristle regular brush or a toothbrush specifically designed for dentures. Apply a cleanser or a mild, non-abrasive toothpaste to the brush.
Step 4: Soak dentures in a denture-cleaning solution
Putting them soaked in for the night in a specialized solution not only disinfects them but also helps remove stains and plaque. Soaking them in a denture-cleaning solution is the last step to ensure their cleanliness and hygiene. Denture-cleaning solutions are tailor-made to disinfect these dental prosthetics.
Dealing with Stubborn Stains
While daily cleaning takes care of most stains present on your dentures, some may require professional attention. Many dental experts recommend getting an ultrasonic cleaning procedure by a professional at least once a year. This can be done at a dental laboratory or your local dentist’s office.
During ultrasonic denture cleaning, they use a specialized device that generates ultrasonic waves along with suction action to dislodge food or other particles attached to the dentures. This process is famously known as “cavitation,” which ensures a through and through cleaning to maintain your dentures’ appearance.
At-Home Denture Whitening
For everyday denture stain removal, you can opt for an at-home denture cleanser that not only focuses on cleaning but also whitens your full or partial dentures. They are designed to effectively work on surface stains and preserve their original color.
These solutions contain ingredients like sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, potassium monopersulfate, and sodium carbonate peroxide. All active components work in sync to keep your dentures in their best health. They remove the biofilm accumulated on dentures by plaque, stains, and calculus.
If you would like to learn more about dentures or methods to clean them, contact Nimmi Shine Dental at either of the following locations:
- Location 1: 9888 Carroll Centre Rd Suite #112, San Diego, CA 92126, United States.
- Number: (858) 999-8550
- Location 2: 27699 Jefferson Ave STE 309, Temecula, CA 92590, United States. (1st Floor – Temecula Medical Center)
- Number: (951) 695-1027