How do I clean Dentures or Dental prosthesis?

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Dental prosthesis, both fixed and removable, are artificial elements that serve to restore the anatomy of one or more teeth, thus allowing the patient to regain the functionality and aesthetics of their teeth.

The loss of teeth causes those adjacent to move, producing chewing problems, preventing adequate nutrition, hindering proper oral hygiene and doing, which means that the patient has a greater risk of contracting diseases. This is the reason why replacing lost teeth is essential to maintaining proper oral and general health.

Once the decision to opt for fixed or removable prosthesis has been made, it is necessary that you have the knowledge of how they should be kept in an optimal state. This is the goal of our article today, in which we have compiled some of the most important tips:

How is removable dental prosthesis well maintained?

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Removable dental prosthesis are the option that can be removed by the patient himself. This type of prosthesis is the most chosen by those who are unable to undergo dental implants, since they do not have the appropriate conditions for it.

  • They should be cleaned after each meal, with a special prosthesis brush, a nylon-bristled nail brush or a conventional toothbrush (if the previous ones are not available) with soap and water to avoid the formation of tartar. Do not use toothpaste as it can be too abrasive to clean your dentures. 
  • Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth each morning with a soft bristle brush before inserting the prosthesis. This stimulates circulation in the tissues and helps remove plaque. 
  • It is advisable to remove the prosthesis to sleep, so that the tissues rest daily for a few hours from the pressure to which they can be subjected. 
  • It is convenient to place them when not in use in a glass together with a specific prosthesis cleaner, to ensure their best cleaning and disinfection.

Maintenance of fixed dental prostheses (on teeth or implants)

Fixed prostheses are those that cannot be removed by the patient, that is, in the case of wanting to remove them, it can only be done by a dentist. This type can be a bit more complex when it comes to maintenance, but following the guidelines mentioned below there will be no problem:

  • In the accessible parts, we will clean the prostheses with a toothbrush and
    fluoridated toothpaste. 
  • Between the pontics (false teeth where there is no tooth root under them) and the gum, we will clean with a special floss with a hardened end. 
  • In the pockets (spaces between teeth and gums) and between separated teeth, with interdental brushes, sliding them in and out, or with the aforementioned hardened end dental floss. 
  • To finish and achieve better hygiene results, the use of an oral irrigator is interesting.

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