Proper Denture Care
Just because you may
have dentures does not mean that you can ignore your oral health and
hygiene. It is still important to seek dental services regularly for
evaluating the soft tissues and to examine the denture for proper
fit, comfort, and function.
Why should I clean
my denture daily?
of your denture is necessary to prevent build-up of plaque, food, calculus
(tartar), and stain which can cause:
- problems with appearance
- irritation to the
tissues under the denture
How do I keep
my dentures clean?
- Rinse the denture
under water after meals to remove loose food debris.
- Brush regularly
after each meal, or at least before bed. This removes the plaque
and some stains.
- Brush with water,
soap, or a mildly abrasive toothpaste, or denture paste. Scouring
powders or other abrasive cleaners should not be used because they
scratch the denture. Scratches make the denture more susceptible
to collecting debris, plaque and stain.
- You can use a denture
brush or a regular soft toothbrush to clean the denture, but use
a separate brush for cleaning any natural teeth you have.
- Make sure you reach
all areas of the denture.
- The denture can
be soaked in a solvent (such as Efferdent, Polident) or a detergent
with a chemical action that removes or loosens light stains and
deposits. Rinse the denture with water afterwards. Chemical immersions
can be done daily or several times a week.
- Ultrasonic cleaning
is done during a dental appointment to remove heavy stain and calculus
Some helpful hints:
- The most effective
way to keep your dentures clean is by daily brushing, in combination
with soaking the dentures in a chemical solution.
- When brushing the
appliance do not hold it firmly or with pressure as this can break
- Clean the denture
over a sink half filled with water and place a towel in the sink
to act as a cushion in case the denture should drop.
- Do not soak or rinse
the denture in hot water, this can distort the shape and fit of
- Never scrape the
denture with sharp instruments in an attempt to remove hard deposits.
Instead, take it to a dental professional for them to remove the
- Never use a hard
bristled brush to clean the denture. This can scratch the denture.
- Make sure to leave
your denture out overnight, or out of the mouth for a period of
6 to 8 hours daily. Wearing them at all times without allowing your
gums a chance "to breathe" , can result in infections of the soft
tissues under the denture.
- When your dentures
are not in your mouth, keep them in water or denture solutions.
They need to be kept in a wet environment in order to maintain the
Your gums are important
Not only do your dentures
need maintenance, but care also needs to be given to the tissues under
- The gums should
be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush or a washcloth. This removes
the plaque and debris on the gums. It also massages and stimulates
circulation of tissues.
Remaining natural teeth:
- Massage your gums
by placing the thumb and index finger over the ridge and use a "press-and-release"
- It is very important
to keep any remaining natural teeth free of plaque.
How do I know my dentures
no longer fit?
With age, the jaw bones
slowly change. Therefore, dentures that once fit no longer do. You
may need to have your dentures re-adjusted or you may need to have
a new denture made. If you encounter any of these problems, see your
- problems chewing
food with dentures
- discomfort with
wearing the denture
- cracked corners
of your mouth
This site is intended
as general information only and should not
replace regular consultation with Dr.Talcott or the
Dental Hygienist. Copyright ©
2003 Dr Bob Talcott, DDS
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