Bacterial plaque is a biofilm that can accumulate on your dentures. It’s natural, but it is an unsightly terror that shouldn’t be there. If it isn’t removed, bacteria can move in. At that point, the films harden into tartar, and once you’ve got tartar, only a professional cleaning from your denturist can set things right. Plaque can lead to problems that are more serious than tartar, however. Pockets in the structure of your gums can end up packed with bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. Those bacteria can spread through your body, causing all kinds of chaos, from heart disease to cancer. There are, however, some steps you can take to prevent any of these less than desirable outcomes:
How to Keep Bacteria Away from Your Dentures
Brush your dentures with a soft tooth brush every day. Ultrasonic cleaning devices are more effective when it comes to dislodging bacteria. Some soaks and other denture cleaners (such as “Renew” or Nu-dent”) can help put an end to plaque, as well. Be sure to ask your denturist for more information on proper denture care at your next visit.
It is very important to keep your natural teeth and gum structures clean with regular brushing, as well. Mouthwashes can also be a useful aid.
You’ll need to visit a denturist every twelve months for a professional cleaning. While that may be on par with a visit to the ministry of transportation for some people, it is essential to fighting the rise of tartar, and preventing gum disease. Remember, a little bacteria can go a long way toward creating any number of more serious dental issues.
Eventually, your dentures are going to become porous. Once that happens, you have a problem on your hands. Porous areas are ideal for breeding the kind of bacteria that can cause problems down the road. To prevent this, your dentures should be replaced every five to seven years.
These small and simple acts will ensure your dentures remain film-free and spotless for many years to come. When it comes to denture care, the team at Hoffer Denture & Implant Solutions can provide a lot of useful information that will save you time and trouble. If you have questions about how to properly care for your new smile, just ask us!