Properly caring for your dentures promotes good hygiene and is crucial to maintaining the health of your mouth and even your entire body as a whole. Food gets stuck in areas of your dentures and if not cleaned properly and removed daily, then it can cause a variety of oral problems…
Below are some of the most common issues you may see if you’re not taking proper care of your dentures:
Bad Breath. This is a common concern in 87% of people who wear dentures. When food accumulates in your dentures and mouth it can quickly turn rancid, causing you to have bad breath.
Inflammation of oral tissue. When tough-to-remove particles build up on an area of your dentures that is in contact with your mouth, the bacteria that grows on this leftover food then transfer to your gums and tissues causing an infection. If the inflammation goes undetected or untreated it can develop into periodontal gum disease sores related to denture stomatitis and can sometimes appear in the corners of your lips.
Chronic Diseases. Studies reported by the American Academy of Family Physicians have shown the connection between oral health and chronic diseases such as heart disease, rheumatology and diabetes. This is why it is so important for you to know how to properly clean your dentures!
How to clean your dentures:
Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won’t break if you drop them.
Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.
Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth.
Brush your dentures daily. Remove and clean your dentures daily. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other debris. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Don’t use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
Sanitize your dentures in the LiViliti Sanitizer Bag. The sanitizer bag uses UVC LED technology to sanitize up to 99.9% of bacteria, germs and viruses in as little as 3 minutes. It is CHEMICAL and OZONE FREE with no worry of ingesting harmful chemicals. It is a quick, easy and effective way to eliminate bacteria from your dentures. It is multi purpose, sanitizing ANY ITEM that will fit in the bag…not just your dentures!
Soak dentures overnight. Most types of dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Check with your dentist about properly storing your dentures overnight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions.
Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.
Schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Your dentist will recommend how often to visit to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. Your dentist can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort, and also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it’s healthy.
Taking proper care of your dentures is so important to maintaining oral and physical health! Not only do you need to clean them daily, but also sanitize them to ensure that you get rid of bacteria and germs to avoid illness. The LiViliti Sanitizer Bag makes sanitizing your dentures convenient and gives you germ-free, peace of mind!