Denture Care: Steps to Maintaining Your Dentures

Denture care is, not only important for the health of your dentures, but it is also important for the health of your mouth. Taking the proper steps to ensure that your dentures are clean will help them last longer and keep your face smiling. Also with proper care and regular dental checkups, your dentures will be a healthy, natural part of your life.

Remove and rinse dentures

Run water over your dentures to remove any food debris or particles. To avoid dropping and damaging them, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling dentures.

Wash mouth after removing dentures

Brush your gums, tongue and natural teeth with fluoride toothpaste before reinserting your dentures. This will help remove plague from your teeth, stimulate circulation in your mouth and help maintain good oral health.

Scrub dentures daily

Like natural teeth, dentures have to be brushed daily to remove food and plague, while also preventing the development of permanent stains on the dentures. Gently scrub your dentures using denture cleaner, soap or dishwashing liquid and a soft toothbrush or denture brush to remove plague, food and other particles. DO NOT use a stiff bristled brush, any strong cleaners, or harsh toothpastes because they can be too abrasive and could damage your dentures.

Soak dentures overnight

Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they don’t lose their shape. Place dentures in water or a denture soaking solution overnight. Remember, that if your dentures have a metal attachment, you do not place them in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish the metal. They should also never be placed in hot water, as it can cause your them to warp.

Rinse again

Rinse dentures again before putting them back in your mouth, especially if you have used a denture soaking solution. These solutions often contain harmful chemicals that should not be ingested. Ingestion of chemicals can cause vomiting, pain or a burning sensation in the throat.

Make sure to visit your dental professional regularly and rely on him/her to to answer specific questions regarding your oral care. Even with the best care, complications can occur that only your dentist can fix. Be sure to report any change in the way your dentures work or feel to your dentist or prosthodontist. They can tell you whether or not you need an adjustment, relining or new dentures. They will help keep you smiling!