How to Clean Your Dentures in 7 Simple Steps
Keeping your natural teeth, gums and dentures clean is easy when you follow our simple tips for cleaning dentures. And remember, if you’re uncertain about how to maintain your dentures or need help with oral hygiene, give our friendly team a call and book an appointment with your EverythingDentures specialist for a review.
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be brushed every day
Food debris gets caught in dentures, just like it does on natural teeth. Gently brushing your dentures in the morning, after allowing them to soak overnight, can extend the life of the dentures and helps keep your whole mouth clean by reducing bacteria and plaque buildup.
Use only a soft bristle toothbrush
Using a soft brush not only provides comfort for any natural teeth and gums, it provides protection for your dentures too.
Soften your toothbrush with warm water before use
Using a glass of warm to hot water to stand your toothbrush in for a few minutes before use can provide more comfort and softness for your teeth, gums and dentures. If you’re using hot water, be careful to allow the brush to cool before use to avoid scalding your mouth or damaging your dentures.
Rinse your dentures after eating or drinkingA quick rinse following food or anything besides water or clear beverages can help reduce build up of debris throughout the day and reduce the need for maintenance.
An overnight soak in denture solution, warm water (not hot water which can cause damage), or a weak vinegar solution assists in reducing the growth of plaque and other bacteria, and makes brushing in the morning more productive as any debris is softened overnight ready for removal in the morning.
When removing dentures, try placing them on a hand towel beside your sink or on your bench to reduce the risk of dropping or knocking the dentures on the floor and breaking them. If you do accidentally drop and damage your dentures, you can learn what to do, and what not to do, by referring to our recent blog post and request an emergency appointment.
Use only gentle non-abrasive cleanersThere are specific denture cleaning solutions available, and in some cases, gentle hand soap or dishwashing soap can be used to clean them. Bleaches, whitening toothpaste and abrasive cloths can cause damage to your denture. If you’re uncertain what’s safe to use, ask your dental technician for more information.
Avoid using hard brushes or other kitchen cleanersHarsh scrubbers such as steel wool and scourers are not to come into contact with dentures. They can damage the surface and reduce the lifespan of your denture.
Following the above steps as a daily routine will not only improve your oral health and hygiene, but will extend the life of your dentures and save you money in the long run.