Denture Care

Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even a few inches. Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling dentures. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures away in a hard container.

Brush your dentures daily to remove food deposits and plaque and to prevent staining. It's best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures, however, a soft-bristled toothbrush can also be used.
Avoid medium or hard bristled toothbrushes as they can scratch and damage dentures.

Dr. DeCarli can recommend a denture cleanser. Look for denture cleansers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. As an alternative to denture cleaners, some denture wearers use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, which are both acceptable. Avoid using other household cleaners, which may be too abrasive. Avoid using bleach as it can whiten the pink portion of the denture.
Regardless of cleanser used, be sure to thoroughly rinse the dentures with water.

Steps in Denture Care:
  • Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling dentures
  • Rinse away loose food particles
  • Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser
  • Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage
  • Soak in denture cleaner or water your dentist will advise the method
  • Never soak in hot water or left to dry out (this will cause shape warping)
  • Store away from children and pets

Ultrasonic cleaners are also used to care for dentures. However, using an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily brushing.



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