With decades of experience in dentures, we can help you with ongoing denture care and maintenance. Here we state some of our best advice and if you need more help, we’d be happy to provide more information to increase your comfort and the performance of your dentures.
- Cleaning your dentures: Daily cleaning of your dentures is necessary to prevent build-up of food debris, stains and tartar. These can cause problems with appearance, mouth odour, irritation to gums and infections.
- Brushing: Brush or rinse your dentures after every meal to prevent the build-up of debris. Use a soft toothbrush or denture brush, along with denture paste and warm running water (never hot water). Avoid using abrasive pastes or smokers’ toothpaste, as these can scratch the denture making it more prone to collect debris, stains and tartar. You can use a non-perfumed liquid soap (such as Fairy Liquid) or a non-abrasive toothpaste instead of denture paste. Dentures can break so always clean your dentures over a sink or bowl filled with water, just in case they slip out of your hands by accident.
- Soaking: You can use denture cleaning tablets or solutions for soaking, to help loosen and remove stains and deposits. You should avoid leaving the dentures in the solution overnight as the denture will disintegrate over time. A 10-minute soak once or twice a week should be sufficient. Do not soak if you have a metal denture as it can damage the metal. They can be effectively cleaned with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Avoid soaking if your denture has a soft lining as some products could damage the lining. They can also be cleaned by brushing.
- Removing dentures at night: Remove your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. This helps avoid fungal infection. When you remove your dentures it is important to clean them and place them into your denture box. Dentures do not need to be kept in water.
- Care of your mouth: With partial dentures, you must take extra care of your teeth and gums. Even with full dentures you still need to take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft brush and toothpaste twice a day. This helps to remove plaque and improves the general health of your mouth.