Just like teeth, dentures need to be cared for with daily brushing and regular dentist visits. Keeping your dentures clean of plaque, food particles, and other debris will help keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy. A malformed or unclean denture can cause infections and irritation, so see your dentist regularly, as he may adjust your dentures for fit and comfort. Remember to rinse and brush your dentures after every meal, and soak them in denture solution overnight. This also allows your gums to breathe while you sleep.
- Gently hold your dentures to avoid loosening a tooth.
- Use soap and water or denture paste/cream to clean your dentures with a toothbrush. Avoid highly abrasive chemicals and vigorous brushing with hard-bristled toothbrushes as they can scratch or even crack dentures.
- Rinse them in cool or tepid water. Careful not to use water that’s too hot, as it may warp your dentures. Placing a washcloth in the washbowl can help ensure that your dentures aren’t damaged if they fall.
- Soak your dentures overnight in any commercially available product like Efferdent or Polident.
- Rinse your dentures with water before placing them back in your mouth.
Reminder: use a separate toothbrush to clean your natural teeth and gum tissues.
Over time, even daily care of your dentures may require them to be cleaned by the dentist. A powerful ultrasonic cleaner may be used to remove hard accumulations of tartar and other substances.