Oral care for dentures and appliances
Dentures and appliances are a significant and costly investment; they are custom made just for you, using the most modern materials and techniques. Your dentures and appliances give your face aesthetic structural support, replacing lost teeth and gums (the pink part). They also provide function, enabling you to properly chew all of the foods that are needed for proper health and nutrition.
Your appliances provide different functions, protective and aesthetic.
Dentures and appliances ‘live’ in the mouth and are subject to all of the stresses and strains, plaques and stains that natural teeth are subject to.
Within a mere matter of minutes in the mouth a microscopic ‘biofilm’ begins to accumulate on the surfaces of the denture or appliance. This film, over time, accumulates and matures into bacterial plaque – a visible sticky white film that coats the surface.
This plaque, if not mechanically removed on a daily basis, will eventually become calcified by the minerals in your saliva and turn into hard and tenacious tartar. There are also stains and food debris, including small seeds that may become lodged in the tiny crevices in the denture or appliance.
Soaking alone, while very good and necessary, does not adequately remove all of the adhered films and plaques on the denture or appliance. Like all principles of cleaning, the surface must be brushed as well as flushed.
Think about it this way: you wouldn’t mop the floor without sweeping it and you wouldn’t just rinse your mouth instead of brushing.
Tips for proper denture care:
- Place denture in cup and let soak with tablet or powder solution, according to manufacturers’ recommended times
- Take dentures out and hold over a basin with some water in it
Run the dentures under water (not too hot)
- Apply a denture cleanser, foam or paste, to the denture
- Turn on the PowerDent Pulse and hold to all surfaces of denture and continue to brush for 90 seconds – do not use toothpaste as it’s too abrasive
Rinse denture thoroughly before putting back in mouth
- DO NOT use the PowerDent Pulse™ in the mouth – always brush dentures while holding them in your hand
Tips for proper appliance care:
- Hold the appliance over a basin with some water in it
Run the appliance under water (not too hot)
- Turn on the PowerDent Pulse Multi™ and hold to all surfaces of the appliance and continue to brush for 90 seconds
- Rinse appliance thoroughly under running water before putting back in mouth
- DO NOT use the PowerDent Pulse Multi™ in the mouth – always brush an appliance while holding it in your hand