Denture Care & Cleaning Tips
At Coorparoo Dental & Denture Clinic, we believe that proper denture care and cleaning techniques is essential for preventing build-up of plaque and tartar and maintaining a healthy smile. Our experts will provide daily denture care instructions that will maintain the quality and effectiveness for your dentures.
How to Clean Dentures
We recommend that you clean your dentures twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You may also choose to purchase a denture cleaning paste, but handwashing liquid should be effective enough. Avoid using toothpaste, as this can cause your dentures to lose their coating and become stained.
You should also soak your dentures in a denture cleaner at least twice a week. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to ensure you are cleaning them without causing damage.
After eating, remove and rinse your dentures by running water over them. This will remove food and loose particles. Consider placing a towel in the sink or counter where you wash your dentures so that if the dentures fall, they won’t break. Alternatively, fill the sink with water.
After removing your dentures, clean your mouth with a gentle toothbrush. You should also massage and clean your gums whilst doing so, as this promotes circulation. A salt-rinse will also help clean your mouth.
Overnight Denture Care
The best way to clean dentures is to soak them in water after your daily cleaning process. If you wish to use a cleaning aid, we recommend you purchase a product that is recommended for overnight soaking.
Part of taking care of dentures is avoiding certain factors that may cause damage. These include:
• Whitening Toothpastes – Peroxide, a common material in whitening toothpastes, can damage dentures.
• Abrasive Materials – Harsh toothpastes and rough-bristled toothbrushes, can also damage dentures.
• Bleach in Materials – Bleach can tarnish and corrode the metal in dentures, as well as change the colour of the acrylic.
If your dentures are too loose, do not tighten them yourself. Self-tightening kits can be very damaging for your dentures. Instead, contact us to request a tightening service.