How To Clean Your Dentures

You have spent the time and energy being fit and acquiring dentures.  They now afford you the luxury of looking well, healthy and able to chew as well as speak in a better fashion.  Now it’s time to make sure that you properly care for these dentures to get the maximum benefit and lifetime durability out of them.

Here are your 3 helpful guidelines to maintaining your dentures:

1.  Meticulously clean your dentures

Mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap may be used as denture cleaning agents.  Many toothpastes or household cleansers are too abrasive and should be avoided. Be careful to avoid bleach since this will leach out the pink color part of the denture.

Ultrasonic cleaners are also effective means by which to clean dentures.  These are immersed into tubs and sound waves create waves that displace the deposits adherent to the appliance.  Brushing needs to be done as well.

2.  Keep dentures moist

Dentures lose their contour when they dry out.  When not being used, the removable appliance should be kept in water or a soaking cleanser solution. If there are metal attachments, take care to avoid soaking solutions as they can cause the attachments to tarnish.  Also, make sure that the water is not hot when soaking the dentures as this can make the dentures warp.

3.  Brush and rinse

Just as you would brush real teeth on a regular basis, so too must dentures be brushed daily to remove plaque and food particles which also prevents halitosis or bad breath.  Stains or discoloration can be prevented by brushing away the particulate matter or food pigments that have become adherent to the surface. There are toothbrushes specifically designed for dentures which have soft bristles.  Gently brush the denture on all the surfaces, taking care not to damage any attachments.  Steer clear of hard bristles on toothbrushes as it can erode or damage the dentures over time.  Rinse the dentures after eating each time.

While caring for your dentures, hold them over a surface that would be protective if they slip out of your hands like a sink of water or a padded towel.

Brushing and cleaning your dentures is not all to your proper oral hygiene.  You still need to brush your tongue, gums and palate (roof of your mouth) with a soft-bristled brush each morning prior to denture insertion.  This not only gets rid of any plaque accumulation, it also stimulates the oral circulation. Plaque accumulation under denture attachments can promote dental decay so be consistent with this.  Massage the gums in addition to cleaning them which also stimulates the circulation.

Eating a balanced meal containing the daily requirements will ensure a healthy mouth so that you will be able to enjoy those properly cared for dentures.