Your dentures are made with high quality acrylic and need to be maintained regularly. In time, your dentures will lose their smooth shiny finish due to scrubbing with harmful cleaning abrasives (whitening toothpastes and baking soda) or by the very nature of the foods we eat. Once this smooth surface is gone, stains and plaque will be harder to remove. Denture soaking should never be done in any caustic liquids such as diluted solutions of bleaches.
You should return to your Denturist to have your dentures polished approximately every six months. You will also find that stains and calculus will adhere to the surfaces of the denture generally around the necks of the teeth. Daily cleaning with a soft brush and a professional denture cleaner (Renew, Kleenite, Stain Away) will assist in keeping your dentures clean and comfortable. Your mouth is an environment that contains many oral bacteria, good and bad. Tissues of the mouth can indicate the health of an individual and can show early signs of diseases that may be serious. It is important to maintain good oral health, so visit your Denturist or dentist for an examination every year. The Denturist will examine your denture for wear and fit and provide a complete oral examination. As a rule of thumb, you should establish the following routine:
- Have your dentures checked annually.
- Reline your dentures every 2 to 3 years.
- Replace your dentures every 5 to 6 years, depending on the amount of wear on the teeth and the shrinkage of your gums.