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How to Properly Clean Your Dentures

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Taking care of your dentures is as crucial as caring for natural teeth. Proper denture maintenance extends the life of your dentures and supports your overall oral health, just like regular dental exams.

Cleaning your dentures just takes a few simple steps:

  • Remove your dentures
  • Rinse under warm water
  • Brush your dentures
  • Soak dentures in solution or warm water overnight
  • Clean your mouth

Types of Dentures

Dentures are removable false teeth that come in all shapes and sizes, from full sets to partials, each designed to cater to the diverse needs of wearers. You’ll run into about 4 main denture types:

  • Full dentures: Also known as complete dentures, full dentures are for individuals who have lost all their teeth in an arch. They rest comfortably on the gums, custom-made for a secure fit that can mirror the natural look of your teeth.
  • Partial dentures: When only a few teeth are missing, partial dentures are a popular option. They’re anchored to the remaining teeth using clasps and can be an excellent way to prevent other teeth from changing position. These clasps allow you to remove them at night for a fresh clean.
  • Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures provide increased stability by attaching to surgically placed dental implants. These can be an excellent alternative for those seeking a more secure fit. Since they aren’t removable at home, you can clean them just like you would your natural teeth.
  • Fixed bridge dentures: A bridge is a dental prosthesis that replaces multiple teeth in a gap. Your dentist has to file down the surrounding teeth to attach the bridge, so it’s another type where you should brush it just like the rest of your smile.
A dentist showing how to clean dentures on a plastic model that looks like a set of teeth

Daily Denture Care

Adopting a daily care routine supports your denture’s longevity. You could see your dentures last up to 10 years with proper care. However, we typically recommend thinking about replacing them around the 5-year mark.

Clean your dentures every night and after eating. It’s better not to let food sit in the cracks, no matter how delicious the meal was.

Step 1: Removing Dentures

Gently remove your dentures just like your dentist showed you. Partial dentures can have different shapes, so follow the instructions carefully. Be mindful to handle your dentures gently to avoid bending or damaging them. We recommend doing this over a soft surface, such as a folded towel, in case you drop them.

Step 2: Rinsing Dentures

Immediately rinse your dentures to dislodge food particles and other debris upon removal. Warm water works great, and this is a quick habit to get into after eating. It helps remove food particles before they become stuck.

Step 3: Brushing Dentures

Next, brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and a mild denture cleaner. Regular toothpaste can have abrasive particles that may damage or discolour your dentures. Even though dentures are made from resin, porcelain, or acrylic materials, don’t use a household cleaner. You’re going to put them back in your mouth, after all.

Step 4: Soaking Dentures

Soaking dentures overnight in a denture cleaning solution can help maintain their cleanliness and integrity. Make sure the soaking solution is compatible with your dentures, especially if they have metal components. Some people use a mix of warm water and vinegar, but this can be hazardous to metal clasps.

Step 5: Cleaning the Mouth

For oral health, clean your gums, tongue, and palate every day before reinserting your dentures. A soft-bristled brush and a gentle rinse are typically sufficient to maintain a healthy mouth.

Store your dentures correctly to prevent them from warping or drying out when not in use. Submerge them in lukewarm water or a suitable soaking solution. Never use hot water as it could damage them.

Long-Term Denture Care

Over the long-term, be mindful of changes in your gums or jaw that could affect how your dentures fit and regularly inspect your dentures for damage. If you notice any discomfort, contact your dentist, as they may need adjustment. Good-fitting dentures are more than just comfortable; they can help prevent issues such as sores and infections.

Additionally, proper care preserves your denture’s materials, helping them maintain their natural appearance and preventing odour.

Here are some tips so you can know when it may be time to get new dentures:

  • Your dentures are cracked or chipped
  • Your dentures hurt to wear
  • The clasps are showing wear and tear
  • They don’t feel snug or secure

Clean Dentures for a Healthy Mouth

Cleaning your dentures is a fundamental aspect of your oral hygiene routine. It prevents the build-up of plaque and bacteria, helping your smile shine bright—while staying hygienic. It’s a simple process, but it takes care.

Should you notice any discomfort or changes within your mouth, or should your dentures become damaged, don’t hesitate to contact West 85th Dental. It could be nothing, but regular check-ups are an indispensable part of maintaining your dentures and oral health.

If you have further questions about caring for your dentures or it’s time for an adjustment, we are at your service. Simply book your appointment online.

Remember, clean dentures are happy dentures, and a healthy mouth is the gateway to a life full of smiles.


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