If you are wearing false teeth, do not neglect the hygiene of the false teeth because dental plaque also forms on them.

Cleaning a removable denture

Dental plaque forms on the surface of a denture. In order to maintain the hygiene of the mouth and denture, the denture should be taken out for cleaning every night.

Denture cleaning

Consequences of poor denture hygiene

Wearing an unclean denture for a long period of time may lead to inflammation of the soft tissue under the denture with redness, swelling, pain, ulceration, etc. This condition is called "Denture induced Stomatitis".

Points to note

Fixed bridge cleaning

As dental plaque also accumulates on the surface under the bridge, people wearing bridges should use superfloss to clean the area daily.
Photograph showing accumulation of plaque underneath a bridge.
Dental plaque accumulates underneath the bridge

Photograph showing a piece of superfloss with three different components.
Superfloss

Cleaning a fixed bridge

Consequences of unclean bridge

Poor bridge hygiene may affect the health of the adjacent teeth, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.

Video display: Use of superfloss

Cleaning of implant supported false tooth

Implant supported false teeth

A dental implant is a biocompatible (titanium) structure embedded in the jawbone as abutment which acts like the root of a tooth to support false teeth, such as crown, bridge or denture.

Cleaning of implant supported false tooth

Consequences of unclean implant supported false tooth

Implant supported false tooth can help to improve chewing ability. However, if oral self care is not appropriate, the gum around the implant may become inflamed, leading to development of peri-implantitis. Gradually, the implant may become mobile and even come out.

Last revision date: 18 January 2012