Cleaning your dentures every day is important for good oral hygiene. If you don’t, plaque and bacteria can form on them, leading to oral health problems and staining. We recommend you clean your dentures thoroughly twice a day and after eating when necessary. We recommend the following procedures are followed:
- The general rule to cleaning your dentures is: brush, soak, brush.
- Your dentures are breakable, so always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
- Brush your dentures thoroughly before soaking to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water. But never use hot water – it can warp your dentures.
- If you insist on soaking your dentures, try using a ph neutral denture cleaner, if required. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how long to soak them.
- Apply a denture cleaning paste to a moistened denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, prolonged overuse of conventional toothpaste can permanently wear and damage your dentures as it is more abrasive than denture cleaning products. Brush all surfaces thoroughly. Avoid using brushes with stiff bristles, as these bristles can damage the denture material.
- Brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled regular toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Rinse your dentures, then reinsert them.
- Whilst you sleep at night, soak your dentures in a cleanser or water. If you use a denture cleanser, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. However, if you feel more comfortable sleeping with your dentures in, please clean your dentures thoroughly before retiring to bed.
- Please remember that if you use any denture adhesive, this needs to be removed daily.
- DO NOT use boiling water or any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures.
- If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, then we can clean your dentures professionally for you.