Cleaning the dentures


A Denture is a dental resource that can help Replacement of missing, natural teeth serves and to group the removable dentures is counted. In contrast to fixed prosthetic supplies, a dental prosthesis must be in regular intervals from the Oral cavity removed and cleaned.

To be able to guarantee an optimal hold on the alveolar ridge, a dental prosthesis must be precisely adapted to the jaw of the respective patient. For this purpose, impressions of the upper and lower jaw are made in the dental practice, which are then poured into jaw models in the dental laboratory. In addition, the relationship between the two jaws must also be included in the planning when manufacturing a dental prosthesis.

How is a denture cleaned?

Even a dental prosthesis that has been optimally adapted in a dental laboratory will only find support on the alveolar ridge if it is properly cleaned at regular intervals. There are several ways to clean a denture optionsthat in terms of their effectiveness are roughly the same. When choosing the optimal cleaning method, the preference of the user plays a decisive role.
There one Denture is used within the oral cavity, there are a few things to consider when caring for it. For this reason, special requirements are placed on the manufacturers of the individual cleaning products.

On the one hand, when cleaning the denture, a preparation should be used that is capable of doing this bacterial pathogens render harmless and soft deposits to detach from the prosthesis material. Second, the substances should not toxic be or influence the organism in some other way.
However, before special cleaning substances are used, the denture should be properly taken from the wearer clear water be rinsed off. Ideally, this step is followed by one first purge of the denture using a soft or medium-hard one toothbrush and something toothpaste. You can then continue cleaning the denture by rinsing it again with clear water.

Denture cleaning tablets

It is also recommended to use the Denture cleaning overnight with the help of special Tablets to continue. The exact types of application differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and should be taken from the instruction leaflet before the first use. As a rule, tablets that are used to clean a denture must be dissolved in about a beaker of clear water before the dentures are inserted.
However, many manufacturers also offer these Denture cleaning tablets where the dentures should already be in the water-filled beaker during the dissolving process. Of the Sparkling effect During the dissolution of these tablets, the cleaning effect should be actively strengthened and the deposits on the denture should be loosened.

The various tablets that are used to clean the dentures contain so-called Surfactants and Polyphosphates. Both substances are able to reduce the surface tension of the water and dissolve deposits on the surface of the denture. Polyphosphates can also do it to the water softening and thus the effect of the other ingredients too intensify. Other ingredients in tablets for cleaning dentures are special ones antibacterial substances on the one hand the Multiplication prevent bacteria and, on the other hand, existing bacterial pathogens kill.
Since it is not possible to use toxic substances when cleaning the denture, the tablet manufacturers are taking action active oxygen back, which is split off from a starting material during the dissolution process. Furthermore, the tablets offered for cleaning a dental prosthesis only differ in the required one Exposure time. With quick cleaning tablets, the removable dentures are sufficient for a period of 10 to 30 minutes soak. Denture cleaning tablets with long-term effects require an exposure time of approximately 6 to 8 hoursn to effectively loosen all deposits from the denture material.

In order to avoid damage to the denture material, the manufacturer's information regarding the duration of use should not be exceeded or fallen short of. After using the tablets to clean the dentures, the removable dentures must not be put back into the oral cavity immediately. In front Re-wearing the denture must be thoroughly with copious amounts clear water be rinsed off. Ideally, the prosthesis wearer should also do another cleaning afterwards toothbrush and toothpaste carry out. So regular cleaning of a denture is important to Damage to prevent the prosthesis material and the optimal fit to secure the removable dentures on the alveolar ridge.

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Cleaning the dentures with baking soda

Baking soda has very coarse particles and acts like scouring milk on the denture. Rubbing and scrubbing the baking soda with a toothbrush doesn't just remove plaque. The plastic is also strongly attacked. Treatment with baking soda makes it porous and the denture is more likely to break. The plastic teeth also suffer from use as the particles wear out the teeth and they may need to be replaced.

For these reasons, the use of abrasive agents that remove the plastic, such as baking soda and scouring milk, is not recommended. In general, all cleaning agents such as decalcifying agents are far too aggressive for the plastic and absolutely not suitable for cleaning dentures. At first, the application has a positive effect, as the deposits disappear, but due to the increased risk of breakage and the degree of wear, the initially positive effect quickly disappears as soon as an expensive repair by a dental technician is necessary.

Cleaning the denture with vinegar

The effect of vinegar is based on the acetic acid it contains. If you try to clean the plastic dentures and teeth with acetic acid, effects similar to those of baking soda and scouring milk are quickly achieved. The acid attacks the soft plastic. The prosthesis can break more easily and the teeth anchored in it wear out more quickly. If the prosthesis were to be immersed in acetic acid for a longer period of time (days), this would dissolve the prosthesis. It is therefore not advisable to use vinegar to clean dentures.

The acetic acid can also cause unsightly discoloration of the entire prosthesis. If the prosthesis is heavily soiled, a very diluted vinegar bath can loosen the deposits so that they can then be removed quickly and easily with a toothbrush. There are specially prepared vinegar solutions, the concentration of which, if used correctly, is not harmful to the prosthesis for a maximum of 15 minutes once a week. It is important that the denture is thoroughly cleaned of all residues of the vinegar solution after use so that it does not become unsightly discolored or the residues damage the denture acrylic. Frequent or longer use is not recommended for reasons of increased wear and tear.

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Cleaning the prosthesis with ultrasound

Ultrasound uses vibrations at a high frequency to remove deposits such as plaque and tartar as well as food residues from prostheses. The vibrations are not harmful to the plastic and the teeth anchored in it. When cleaning in the dental laboratory, the prosthesis is also cleaned with ultrasound, but the technician has higher frequencies available than the devices for home use. Ultrasonic devices for the home are ideally suited for daily denture cleaning without damaging the denture base or the teeth.

The devices can also be used for other purposes. They are suitable for cleaning jewelry and glasses. It is important that the water contained, which is made to vibrate, is changed daily and that grease residues are removed from the prosthesis manually with soap and water before cleaning. The ultrasound application lasts about 3 to 5 minutes and should be used once a day.

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Cleaning the prosthesis with other household items

In addition to baking soda and vinegar, there are a few other household items that should clean the prosthesis. Soda powder is very popular with users and is similar to the functional mechanism of baking powder, as it is part of it. Furthermore, lemon gel is supposed to dissolve discoloration and deposits well, but is also based on an acid mechanism like vinegar and can damage the plastic. Another variant of cleaning and disinfection are applications with sage tea or salt water.

The sole storage in these liquids, however, cannot remove strong deposits and discoloration, but rather soft deposits. In general, these home remedies should be used with caution, as the prosthesis is often not cleared of pathogens such as bacteria or fungi and these can spread on the prosthesis unless disinfected.

Chlorhexidine rinse solution

Through the thorough Cleaning up and do the washing up the denture and the additional use of special Tablets to clean the denture can use both bacterial pathogens as well as other germs on the surface of the artificial teeth are effectively reduced. Besides the Benefits the use of artificial denture cleaning agents, but must also use them disadvantage get noticed. One of the most relevant disadvantages of denture cleaning tablets is the fact that they cannot be equally effective against all pathogens.
Against a certain pathogen, the frequently occurring inside the oral cavity mushroom (C.andida albicans), ordinary cleaning agents cannot arrive. For this reason, in the course of denture cleaning, regular use of so-called Chlorhexidine rinse solutions respectively. These are capable of the dangerous Eliminate candida fungus and round off the cleaning of a denture for this reason.