Dentures are a significant investment with massive payoffs by way of improved diet, appearance and self-confidence, so it makes sense to maintain them.
However, many people either skip their daily maintenance, use a substandard cleaning product or are missing the regular in-clinic check ups so important for a lasting good fit, this most commonly shows as bad breath.
With tartar and bacteria able to form on the hard surfaces of dentures as well as teeth, people need to take care to clean the hidden and visible parts of a denture
For this, Caldent is the best cleaning solution on the market. Made in Australia, Caldent is dissolved in warm water and used to soak dentures for 15-30 minutes before a light brush to remove plaque and staining. An overnight soak might be necessary the first time but then once a week is usually enough.
Caldent is much better than anything you’ll find in the supermarket, which makes it one of the most important products for someone with dentures to have.
If plaque and calculus are allowed to build up, it can change the fit of the denture and cause irritation and soreness to the gums. There's also a chance of ulcers and infection.
Dentures need manual brushing to remove food debris but they also need to be soaked to remove stains, bacteria, plaque and calculus.
Caldent is available over the counter at Dentures Plus or via our website for home delivery. A box of 16 single-use sachets which is enough for four months costs $23.
For especially hard-to-clean dentures, the clinic has a specialised ultrasonic cleaning machine that in a few hours can produce a result that would take a week at home.
There is more to denture maintenance than just cleaning, though. Teeth wear and eventually need replacing, and normal changes in the shape of the mouth over time can require dentures to be adjusted or replaced.
Once dentures lose their snug fit and start to slip or pinch the gum, eating becomes more difficult, soreness increases and the likelihood of infections grows, to avoid this, professional checkups every 2-3 years are advised.
It's like a warrant of fitness for your mouth. We check the denture, gums, any remaining teeth and the tongue for abnormalities such as potential oral cancers or growths that could turn into a major problem if left unchecked.
A loose denture can cause a lot of unnoticeable problems and disguise issues that could flare up. But if we catch problems early, it's normally a simple fix to get you back on track.
Dentures Plus provides full and partial dentures in a variety of styles, as well as repairs, having the city’s only welder specifically designed for dentures.
Our online shop supplies denture care products, including cleaning pastes and solutions, denture baths, brushes and gels, sprays and solutions for pain relief.
Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Rd, St Albans. Call us on 03 385 5517 or shop online at denturesplus.co.nz.