Dentures must be taken care of properly in order to ensure their longevity and effectiveness. Without them, seniors cannot chew foods and obtain the nutrients that are needed for optimal health. Denture maintenance is not difficult but is vital for your loved one’s health, which is why we’ve put together a few maintenance tips for respite Columbus caregivers to refer to.
Handle with Care
In order to prevent accidentally dropping and breaking dentures, it is a good idea to perform maintenance while standing over a folded towel or a sink filled with water. In this way, if Columbus, OH, home care providers lose their grip on the dentures, the towel or water cushions the fall.
Clean Dentures Daily
Similar to natural teeth, dentures require daily cleaning to remove bacteria, food and plaque. Routine brushing also helps deter or remove stains caused by coffee, tea or certain foods. Dentists also advise that denture wearers rinse upper and lower plates following each meal. Proper cleaning requires using a denture brush, which is specially designed to adequately clean the interior and exterior surfaces without causing damage.
Use Cleaning Agents
Dishwashing liquid, hand soap or denture cleaning products are also suitable for cleaning dentures. Seniors should avoid using bleach, cleansers or toothpaste as these products are too abrasive and erode denture surfaces. Dentures might also be soaked during the night in appropriate containers filled with cold water and an effervescent cleaning agent. Never use hot water or warping may occur. Ultrasonic cleaning devices are another option. These cleaners gently but effectively remove debris and stains using sound waves that cause undulating fluid waves.
Keep Them Moist
When removed, dentures must be kept moist to prevent dryness or loss of shape. Soaking in cleansing solutions is an ideal place to store the appliance while simultaneously cleaning the plates. If an upper or lower plate contains wiring or other metal attachments, consult with a dentist in order to determine the best product to use to prevent tarnishing.
You can help your loved one maintain his or her dentures when you contact Home Care Assistance of Columbus at (614) 481-8888. We provide comprehensive at-home care, which we tailor to suit your loved one’s individual needs and requirements. Our custom care schedules enable seniors to age independently in the comfort of home while managing illness or recovering from injury. Don’t forget to schedule a free consultation when you speak to a friendly Care Manager today.