Reline your dentures
A reline is also an important part of maintaining your dentures. A reline adds new base material to the tissue side of the denture so that it fits properly. A reline should be considered if the denture is more than four years old, or if there has been loss of bone, or issues with ongoing breakages.
Regular maintenance will assist to maximise the lifetime value of your denture.
- Clean daily
- Use a denture brush or soft toothbrush
- Leave your dentures out when sleeping
- Use toothpaste – it may be too abrasive
- Use bleaching agents, especially in hot water
- Scrub too hard – use a soft brush
- Ultra-sonic baths gently vibrate build up from your denture
- Denture cleaning powders or tablets can be used once every two to three weeks
- Store dentures in water if you are not wearing them for a period of time
- Have your dentures checked regularly
- Have your dentures relined every three to five years
- Implant dentures should be relined every two years
Frequently asked questions
What products should I avoid when cleaning my dentures?
We recommend that you avoid any cleaning materials that are abrasive, as these can cause serious damage to your dentures. Some abrasive cleaning materials include hard-bristled toothbrushes, harsh cleansers and toothpastes. It is also best to avoid the use of whitening toothpastes — these products often contain harsh ingredients like peroxide, which do not actually work to change the colour of denture teeth. When cleaning your dentures, stay away from any products that contain bleach as these tend to weaken the dentures and can sometimes affect their colour. When soaking dentures with metal attachments in a cleanser solution, choose one that does not contain chlorine — this chemical can cause corrosion to the metal over time. We also recommend that you don’t soak your dentures in hot water, as this can cause them to lose their shape. Rather soak your dentures in room temperature water overnight.
How often should I clean my dentures?
We recommend that you brush your dentures at least once a day. To do so, remove them from your mouth and gently clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser. This will help to remove any food particles and plaque that has built up throughout the course of the day. If you choose to use a denture adhesive, remember to clean the areas that fit against your gums to get rid of any remaining adhesive. Besides a daily brush, it is also important that you soak your dentures overnight in order to keep them moist and in the correct shape. When soaking your dentures, you can use some plain water or a mild denture solution, depending on your preference.
How can I make sure that my dentures don’t break?
In order to take proper care of your dentures and avoid any damage, there are some habits you can establish. When you remove them from your mouth after eating or for cleaning, handle your dentures with care. Be careful not to bend the clasps of plastic when you are cleaning them and only use gentle cleaning materials. Never place your dentures into hot water and remember to rinse them gently before putting them back in your mouth.