How to Clean Dentures

Cleaning your dentures is just as important as brushing your natural teeth but the process is a little different.  It is important to establish a dental routine to care for your dentures. For good denture care here are a few things I would recommend our Senior’s to do when cleaning your dentures to ensure that the dentures last for years to come.  

• Remove and Rinse dentures after eating. It is important to handle your dentures with care when removing. Place a towel in the sink and put some water in the sink so the dentures won’t break should you drop them. Rinse your dentures with water to remove food debris and other loose particles.

• Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth (palate).

• Brush your dentures daily. Gently clean your dentures daily by soaking and brushing with a denture cleanser to remove food and plaque. Use a nonabrasive denture cleanser to prevent scratching the denture. Do not use denture cleansers inside your mouth.

• Soak dentures overnight. Most dentures need to remain moist to prevent them from becoming brittle. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture soaking solution overnight and submerge them completely. When using a soaking solution always follow the manufacturer instructions. Check with your dentist on the best cleaning solution. 

• Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth especially if using a soaking solution. Remember soaking solutions do contain chemicals that can be harmful if swallowed.

Remember dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains, and looking great.  Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can check the inside of your mouth as well as the fit of your dentures. 

I hope this Tooth Talk has helped and call Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email dr.jmitchell@integritydentalcares.com with any questions you may have. 

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