If you wear full or partial dentures, it’s important to know how to care for them and keep them clean.
In this post, we’ll guide you through how to care for dentures to ensure they’re hygienic and look their best.
Why is it important to look after my dentures?
You should treat your dentures just like regular teeth — that means keeping them clean and stain-free.
Skipping cleaning can lead to fungal or bacterial infections in your mouth, inflamed gums and even loss of any remaining teeth.
Home care for dentures
Caring for your dentures starts with a good cleaning routine.
We recommend cleaning them properly at least once a day (twice is better) and after eating if required.
How to clean dentures
Knowing how to clean your dentures at home is important. Follow this routine to keep your dentures fresh and clean:
1. Take your dentures out after eating and rinse them in running water. It’s best to do this over a towel or bowl of water so that they don’t break if you drop them.
2. Clean your mouth using a soft toothbrush on any remaining natural teeth, your gums, tongue, roof of mouth and cheeks.
3. Brush your dentures at least once a day. Use a special cleaner for dentures, not regular toothpaste that may be too abrasive. If you use denture adhesive, take care to brush away any remaining deposits.
4. Rinse your dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
How to care for dentures at night
You should also soak your dentures once every 24 hours, and the best time to do this is overnight.
This removes plaque and stains, disinfects your dentures and helps them keep their shape as well.
Soak them in a denture-cleaning solution following the instructions, and remember to rinse them thoroughly before putting them in your mouth.
What else do I need to know about cleaning my dentures?
If you have sensitive gums and have a soft lining for your dentures, ask your dentist about which products are safe to use.
The same goes for dentures with metal clasps, as some cleaning products may damage the metal.
For all types of dentures, avoid abrasive cleaners, toothpaste and hard brushes, as they can cause damage.
Avoid whitening products, as they aren’t effective on dentures.
You should also avoid products containing bleach, as they can damage your dentures.
Don’t use water that is too hot, as this may affect the shape of your dentures.
Remove your dentures overnight unless instructed otherwise by your dentist.
Do I still need to go to the dentist if I have dentures?
The answer to this is a resounding yes!
Even if you have no natural teeth, regular checkups are necessary so that your dentist can check the soft parts of your mouth and ensure that your dentures are a good fit.
Your dentist will also be able to arrange for your denture to be professionally cleaned. This is important, as your dentures can stain and develop tartar, just like natural teeth.
Your friendly local dentist
If you’re wondering whether dentures are right for you or if you have any questions about your existing dentures, come and see us at Opal Dental.
Reach out to us to arrange that appointment. Know that we offer a full range of dental services, including routine checkups, dentures and more.
Think of us as your friendly local dentist for everyday appointments all the way through to emergencies — we’re here for you every step of the way.