False teeth or dentures are usually made from acrylic resin or a combination of resin and metals. Although false teeth are artificial, they require the same care and maintenance that is given to natural teeth.
Dentures must be kept clean to maintain their appearance and prevent wear and tear. Daily cleaning with a denture brush will keep your false teeth healthy and free of bacteria. If you would like to know how to clean your false teeth with a denture brush, here is a detailed outline of the procedure:
Begin the cleaning process by filling your bathroom sink with warm water. This will protect your false teeth if they accidentally drop while you are cleaning them. You can also fold a soft towel and place it in the bottom of the sink to act as a cushion. Remove the false teeth from your mouth.
Hold them firmly but gently and rinse each piece with running warm water to remove large bits of food debris. Place a small amount of a non-abrasive denture cleaner, liquid soap, or warm water on a soft-bristled denture brush. Never use regular toothpaste to clean your false teeth because the abrasive ingredients could scratch or damage the surface of the dentures.
Regular toothpaste can also produce a dulling effect on the polish of the teeth. If you have a partial denture, use a regular toothbrush and toothpaste for your natural teeth.
If you have complete dentures brush the upper section first and then proceed to the second or lower jaw of false teeth. Begin brushing the outsides of the upper front teeth in a gentle back and forth motion. Next, hold the denture brush vertically and use the small tuft of bristles on the back of the brush to vertically clean the inside of the upper front teeth.
Repeat this cleaning action for the back teeth using short, gentle strokes. Next, brush the outer teeth of the lower jaw denture with the same horizontal motion that you used with the upper teeth. Clean the inside teeth of the lower jaw denture in the same manner as the upper inside teeth. Clean all chewing surfaces by holding the brush flat and using a gentle scrubbing motion.
Use the tuft of bristles on the back of the brush to clean the ridge or area where the false teeth connect with the gum. As you clean examine the dentures to ensure that you have brushed all inner surfaces and connecting areas of the false teeth. Pay special attention to areas that come in contact with the mucous membrane.
The entire cleaning process should take approximately five minutes. When you are satisfied that the dentures have been thoroughly cleaned, rinse them in warm running water.
If you encounter hard deposits or plaque build-ups during the cleaning process do not use a hard bristled brush or sharp object to dislodge them. Never resort to vigorous brushing to remove the deposits. Continue gently brushing the affected area for a short time. If the problem remains ask your dentist to remove the deposits or plaque build-up.
Remember that your false teeth should be cleaned just as often as natural teeth, after each meal and before you retire for the night. Regular brushing will protect your false teeth from stains, tartar and deterioration. It will also ensure that your dentures last longer and retain their natural appearance.