How to care for your dentures

Removable partial or full dentures need proper care to keep them at their best, and it can be easy to forget to look after them properly.  To keep your dentures clean and in the best condition possible, follow these tips!

Clean your dentures regularly

It’s important that you clean your dentures as much as you would your teeth. Make sure to clean them daily, by soaking them in or brushing them with a nonabrasive denture cleaner to remove deposits such as food or plaque. If you use denture adhesive rather than cleaner, make sure to clean the grooves which fit against your gums to remove remaining adhesive. Make sure not to use denture cleaners inside the mouth. Keeping your dentures clean will prevent tooth loss, inflamed gums, and fungal infections. It is best to clean your dentures before you go to bed and, if possible, at least one other time in the day.

How to clean your dentures

Remove and rinse your dentures after eating, making sure that you clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel, in case you drop them.  Brush your dentures before soaking them using toothpaste and a small- to medium-headed toothbrush to help remove any bits of food, and then run water over your dentures to remove any remaining debris. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your dentures feeling fresher. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, making sure to clean all the surfaces of the dentures. Be careful not to scrub too hard, as this can cause grooves in the surface. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.

What you should avoid

Make sure you don’t use any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures, as this can weaken the dentures, as well as making them look bad. Also avoid using hot water to clean your dentures, as this weakens them too. As well as this, handle your dentures carefully – don’t bend them, or damage the clasps or plastic when cleaning them.  Make sure to avoid using abrasive cleaning materials, such as whitening toothpastes, stiff-bristled brushes, and strong cleansers, as these can harm your dentures.

Advice for having a soft lining or metal dentures

If you have sensitive gums, you may need a softer lining for your dentures. If you have a special lining, check with your dentist before using any cleaning materials, as they may damage the lining. This is also the case if you have metal dentures, as some cleaning products can harm metal dentures and damage the clasps.

Remove your dentures at night

Removing your dentures at night gives your mouth a chance to rest, and is recommended by dentists. If you remove your dentures, it is important to place them in water or a mild denture-soaking solution to prevent any cracking and to help them keep their shape.

Clean your mouth

It is important to clean your mouth before and after removing your dentures by using a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth. As well as this, make sure you rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if you use a denture-soaking solution, as these solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.

How to avoid staining

As with regular teeth, dentures can stain easily, especially if you smoke or drink a lot of dark liquids. Regular cleaning should remove any stains, but stubborn stains may need more cleaning, which your dentist should be able to assist with.

Visit the dentist

It is still important to visit the dentist if you have dentures, as they can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort, as well as cleaning any tartar or plaque that builds up on dentures. They can also help fix loose dentures, as this can cause irritation, sores and infection. Dentists also check the soft parts of the mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are important, as dentists can spot infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Schedule regular checkups according to how often your dentist suggests you visit. To make an appointment with us, call 0121 354 1922 to talk to a member of our friendly staff.