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Professional Denture Cleaning in Peace River at Denture & Implant Cottage

Dentures should be cleaned professionally every 6 months or at LEAST once per year.  Our helpful staff would be pleased to assist you in maintaining your dentures properly. At Denture & Implant Cottage we offer a FREE CLEANING while your dentures are under warranty and after this for a small fee! You can get professional denture cleaning done at our clinic in Peace River.

Some people get a build-up of plaque on their dentures just as they would on their natural teeth. If plaque is not removed properly, it can react with your saliva and harden into tartar. As with your own teeth, you will not be able to remove this tartar completely by yourself, and eventually, it makes the denture uncomfortable and unsightly. Schedule an appointment, and we will remove tartar using a professional cleaning machine.

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5 Reasons for Cleaning Dentures

If you are interested in gaining the utmost comfort and function out of your dentures, you must be willing to take care of your dentures. There are a lot of steps involved in taking care of your dentures, but one of the most important steps is ensuring that they are cleaned. One way of doing this is to soak them overnight.

The top five reasons why you should clean your dentures are:

  1. Presence of pores in Dentures: Dentures look rigid in appearance, but acrylic, which is used as the most common base material, is virtually filled with tiny pores. The pores may be negligible for you to see, but they can also serve as shelter to an entire community of bacteria. When you combine the number of bacteria in all the pores in the denture, there’s a large population of bacteria in your dentures that you need to keep under check as failure to do so can lead to a worst-case scenario- gum disease.

  2. Increase in bacteria as you grow old: The pores that are found in your dentures are not the only cause of the increased risk of gum disease. As we grow older, the number of bacteria in our mouths also grows. These bacteria which are infectious organisms, grow and establish themselves in your mouth over time as you are exposed to them. As you age, your ability to produce anti-bacterial saliva decreases. This can be related to medications that can impair saliva production and, to an extent, maybe from the dentures themselves.

  3. Allows your gums to rest: Your gums aren’t up to the task of holding the force of your teeth. Your bone sees to this by supporting your teeth. So it is only logical that your gums will be sore at the end of any day of supporting your dentures. It’s best to give them a rest.

  4. Adequate sanitation: Dentures are very porous. If you look at dentures through the microscope, you might see a lot of holes in them. Cleaning them is the only way to diminish this bacteria, especially when you soak them in cleaning solutions.

  5. Helps keep your breath fresh: There are multiple reasons for bad breath one of them being an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. If you clean your dentures twice daily, foods that you enjoy, like garlic and coffee, can’t leave any residue or smell.

How to Clean Dentures

1. Protect.

To prevent the possibility of the denture slipping out of your hands and breaking, it is a good idea to lay down a face cloth or fill the sink with some water before cleaning your dentures. Handle your dentures gently, so you don’t bend, break or damage the plastic or attachments.

2. Remove and rinse.

Rinse and clean your dentures under warm water to remove food particles. Never use hot water, as it can damage your dentures.

3. Brush.

Plaque and bacteria form on dentures. It’s important to clean your dentures daily by brushing and soaking them. A daily routine of brushing removes food particles, bacteria and plaque, and helps keep your dentures stain-free.

What should you use to clean your dentures?

  • Use a wet, soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush and denture cleanser. A denture brush is designed to clean all areas of the denture. If you use denture adhesive, be sure to properly remove any remaining adhesive.

  • Regular toothpaste is too harsh for cleaning dentures. Also, avoid harsh products like vinegar, bleach, or baking soda that can damage or scratch dentures. Scratches can harbour bacteria growth.

  • Use denture cleaning paste, gel, or foam. Some denture wearers also use dishwashing soap.

4. Soak.

After cleaning, you can soak them overnight in fresh warm water or a denture-soaking solution. You can soak your dentures in the solution for a few minutes or overnight, depending on the product instructions.
Do not soak dentures with metal attachments in harsh solutions containing bleach or chlorine. Bleach or chlorine can damage dentures and tarnish and corrode the metal.

Be sure to use fresh water and clean the denture container daily to prevent bacterial growth.

5. Rinse again.

Before putting your dentures back into your mouth, make sure the dentures are thoroughly rinsed off. This is especially if using a denture-soaking solution.

6. Maintain.

It’s important to see your denturist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. Your denturist can examine the condition of your denture, and for proper fit, they can also check the inside of your mouth to make sure there are no concerns.

See your denturist right away if your dentures break, cause irritation or become loose. A poor-fitting denture can cause irritation and lead to sores and infections.

Partial Denture Care

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How to Care for Your Partial Denture?

  1. When placing the partial denture in, never bite it into place. This may break, bend or warp the denture or clasps.

  2. When taking them out, be careful not to pull the clasping outwards. This may bend them loose or snap the clasp off.

  3. Be careful not to hold the partial dentures too tight when cleaning or in general. This may bend the clasps or framework and may even break the partial denture.

  4. When cleaning, be careful not to catch the clasping on a face cloth.

  5. Never bend or adjust clasping on your own. If you are experiencing any pain or the partial denture feels too tight or loose, contact your Denturist for any adjustments.

Highly recommended that partial dentures be cleaned at least once a day and removed when sleeping.

It is important to take care of your natural teeth, especially since the partial denture relies on them.

Top 5 Cleaning Habits for Your Dentures:

  1. Before brushing, rinse your dentures to remove any loose food or deposits.

  2. When cleaning, never use too hot of water as it may distort the denture. Lukewarm is the most ideal.

  3. Clean your entire mouth, including the gums, cheeks, palate and tongue, to remove as much plaque as possible. This helps reduce the risk of oral irritation and halitosis (bad breath).

  4. Line the sink with a wet face towel to prevent denture breakage from the denture hitting the sink if it slips out of your hands while cleaning dentures.

  5. Never use toothpaste as the abrasive factor in it could scratch the teeth and make them more susceptible to staining.

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Resilient Denture Liner Care

Resilient Soft-Liner (also referred to as a “Molly”)

Resilient liners should never be soaked in denture cleaner as it will cause them to become hard and discolored and cause great discomfort for the denture wearer. How to clean a denture with a permanent resilient liner: Place the denture (usually the lower) teeth side down on top of the upper denture. Do not submerge the lower denture with the liner in the cleaning solution. The solution should only be at the teeth/gum level.

Client Experiences, Shared!

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Best Dentures Ever

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“Best dentures ever. Best fit, best look. i would recommend Denture & Implant Cottage. My upper denture that you made for me is the best fit I ever had. I have not had any issues with pressure points ánd the fit is so good. Next best, to the real thing.  I will recommend you without hesitation.  Thank You Kendall”

- Gord M.

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