How to Take Care of Your Dentures
Contrary to popular belief, just because dentures are made from artificial materials doesn’t mean they don’t need a cleaning routine of their own. To ensure your dentures are looking their best and last the longest, below, we’ve provided a detailed cleaning guide as well as some helpful denture care tips.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Just as your natural teeth can build up plaque, tartar, and bacteria, so too can your dentures if you don’t clean them every day. When left alone, plaque and bacteria can cause all kinds of problems to your remaining teeth and gums.
To start, you’ll want to remove your dentures and wash them off with some warm, clean water to dislodge any food particles and debris. It’s important that you wash both the teeth and the gums because food can also become trapped between the dentures and your actual gums.
Next, you’ll want to make sure you have a denture brush or other soft bristle brush on hand. Using a standard toothbrush with hard bristles may be too rough and damage the dentures. It’s also important that you use denture cleaner (recommended) or a very mild soap to brush with so you can disinfect all of the surfaces.
Similar to using a hard bristle brush, standard toothpaste may be too abrasive for your dentures and wear away the materials. Other cleaners such as bleach, vinegar, or harsh disinfectants should also be avoided as they’re not designed for cleaning dentures. In some cases, cleaning chemicals can even cause discoloration.
Brush your dentures all over, making sure you cover all surfaces without applying too much pressure. Once finished, give them a thorough rinse and inspect your work to ensure you didn’t miss any areas.
Now that your dentures are sparkling clean, it’s time to clean the rest of your mouth (gums, remaining teeth, and tongue). Yep, you still have to keep up with traditional dental hygiene habits even when you have dentures. Using a toothbrush, gently brush your gums and remaining teeth (if any) so that no plaque gets trapped when you put your clean dentures back in.
If you have a full set of dentures and find a toothbrush to be too rough on your gums, wrapping a soft, clean washcloth around your finger, wetting it, and running it over the surfaces of your gums will also work. Once your dentures and mouth are clean, do a quick rinse to clear out any lingering debris and pop your dentures back in. You’re good to go!