Often people ask us how they should clean their dentures or what they should use for cleaning. Today, I will give you some information on proper cleaning techniques for dentures. Just like natural teeth, dentures are exposed to odour causing bacteria, plaque, tarter and can become stained. And just like natural teeth, they require daily care and cleaning for optimal oral health.
Here are some things you should keep in mind when cleaning your dentures:
- When cleaning, always hold your denture over a sink filled with some water or over a towel placed on the counter to prevent damage in case your denture slips out of your hand.
- You should clean your dentures after each meal as some food particles may collect around the denture teeth and some may get underneath the dentures. Use a denture brush and denture cleaner to remove those food particles and then rinse with water. You should also clean and rinse your mouth before placing the dentures back in your mouth.
- Smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee, tea or red wine can stain your dentures. To reduce the risk of stains, rinse your dentures immediately after consuming any of these products.
- Once a day, soak your dentures in a cleaning solution for the recommended amount of time to get rid of bacteria and to remove stains and tarter. Soaking is better to clean the areas that are rough, narrow and hard to reach with a brush or require longer cleaning time. After soaking, brush all denture surfaces and rinse thoroughly with water.
- Never use hot water for rinsing or soaking dentures to prevent distortion.
- Don’t use regular toothpaste to clean dentures as it may have abrasive particles that can damage the smooth outer layer of the dentures and then your dentures will become harder to clean and will stain even more.
- Don’t use bleach or other household cleaners or chemicals for cleaning dentures as they may be harmful for your gums and your dentures.
- There are various denture cleaners available at many grocery stores and pharmacies. They come in the form of pastes, tablets, powders, foams and liquids. Use the one that works best for you. Based on oral conditions and habits, some people may require more than one cleaner to keep their dentures clean.
- Some stronger cleaners may not be available in stores but can be purchased from denture clinics. We carry two such products at our clinic, Renew and Nudent.
- If needed, you can have your dentures professionally cleaned by our denturist for a minimal fee.
If you have any questions or need a professional cleaning on your dentures or want to try a free sample of a stronger cleaner, then don’t hesitate to call us.