How to Clean Dentures
To prevent the possibly of the denture slipping out of your hands and breaking. It is a good idea to lay down a face cloth or fill the sink with some water before cleaning your dentures. Handle your dentures gently so you don’t bend, break or damage the plastic or attachments.
- Remove and rinse.
Rinse and clean your dentures under warm water to remove food particles. Never use hot water, as it can damage your dentures.
Plaque and bacteria form on dentures. It’s important to clean your dentures daily by brushing and soaking them. A daily routine of brushing removes food particles, bacteria and plaque, and helps keep your dentures stain-free.
What should you use to clean your dentures?
- Use a wet, soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush and denture cleanser. A denture brush is designed to clean all areas of the denture. If you use denture adhesive, be sure to properly remove any remaining adhesive.
- Regular toothpaste is too harsh for cleaning dentures. Also avoid harsh products like vinegar, bleach, or baking soda that can damage or scratch dentures. Scratches can harbor bacteria growth.
- Use denture cleaning paste, gel, or foam. Some denture wearers also use dishwashing soap.
After cleaning, you can soak them overnight in fresh warm water or a denture-soaking solution. You can soak your dentures in the solution for a few minutes or overnight, depending on the product instructions.
Do not soak dentures with metal attachments In harsh solutions containing bleach or chlorine. Bleach or chlorine can damage dentures and tarnish and corrode the metal.
Be sure to use fresh water and clean the denture container daily to prevent bacterial growth.
- Rinse again.
Before putting your dentures back into your mouth, make sure the dentures are thoroughly rinse off. This is especially if using a denture-soaking solution.
It’s important to see your denturist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. Your denturist can examine the condition of your denture and for proper fit, they can also check the inside of your mouth to make sure there are no concerns.
See your denturist right away if your dentures break, cause irritation or become loose. Poor fitting denture can cause irritation and lead to sores and infections.
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