Your dentures may not be made up of real teeth, but you still want to keep them bacteria-free, unstained, and looking their best, right? Similar to natural teeth, dentures must also be cleaned daily to remove food residue, and to prevent the build-up of dental plaque and the development of permanent stains. Hence, taking proper care of your dentures is the most sure-fire way to prevent issues like plaque and the formation of tartar. Scroll down to learn how to keep your dentures clean!
Fixodent’s Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean Your Dentures
Removing your dentures at the end of every day is an important routine that will very soon become second nature. But when you’re new to dentures and denture adhesive, it’s natural to worry about how to clean dentures and remove them without causing any damage. Follow the steps listed below daily to ensure your dentures stay in good shape and to keep your gums healthy.
- Prepare your bathroom. Get ready to clean your dentures by filling up your sink with warm water and roll up a towel and place it on the edge. You can also put another towel on the floor – especially if you have tile or stone floors – just in case your dentures fall accidentally.
- Use warm water to loosen the denture. Gargling with warm water will help loosen the seal from your Fixodent denture adhesive, making it easier to take your dentures out.
- Take out your dentures. To remove your dentures, start with the bottom denture by holding the middle part between your thumb and middle finger, and gently loosen the denture with a back and forth motion. When you feel the denture starts to come away, gently pull up and out. Then remove the top denture with similar motions as the bottom one. When you feel the denture release, push the denture up and outwards, taking care not to hurt your gums.
- Rinse your denture. Use lukewarm or cold running water to get rid of loose food particles.
- Brush your denture. Use a denture brush or a soft regular toothbrush to brush your denture. You can use water, denture paste or low-abrasive toothpaste. Avoid highly abrasive toothpaste.
- Remove adhesive residues in your mouth. Gargling with warm salt water will help remove any Fixodent residue. Then, use a clean washcloth to wipe along your gums and the roof of your mouth before rinsing your mouth out with warm water again afterwards. If you have any stubborn adhesive bits, you can also brush your gums with a very soft toothbrush. If you wear a partial denture, brush your natural teeth.
- Soak dentures overnight. Use a denture cleaning solution or water to soak them, but you can also use fast-acting cleansers before storing your denture in the water afterwards. Always follow instructions on the denture cleanser pack. If you have a partial denture, then make sure you use a cleaning solution designed for partials.
- Rinse again. Before inserting your denture in the mouth in the morning, make sure to rinse your denture thoroughly with water first.
How to Remove Plaque and Tartar from Dentures
Many people think plaque and tartar are the same things. And although they do have a strong connection with each other, they differ in quite a lot of things. For starters, dental plaque is a sticky, colourless, soft film that continuously forms on the surface of your dentures. It contains bacteria, which can cause gum disease and denture decay in partial denture wearers. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque, capable of causing denture discolouration. It’s formed when the residual plaque on your dentures reacts with the minerals of your saliva. Plaque can calcify and start to turn into tartar over time if you’re not taking proper care of your dentures.
For the best results, we recommend you use cleaning products formulated to clean your dentures. Some denture cleansers come in a tablet form you can dissolve in water or you can get a denture-soaking solution to clean the dentures overnight.
Things to Avoid
No matter how well you take care of your dentures, you will have to replace them sooner or later. To make sure that last denture replacement is as far as possible, keep your dentures away from these four infamous denture wreckers:
- Abrasive cleaning materials. Cleaning products containing abrasive substances can cause serious damages to your dentures in the long run.
- Whitening toothpaste. Instead of using your regular whitening toothpaste (which is typically full of abrasive substances), you should opt for a toothpaste that’s specifically designed to clean dentures.
- Bleach-containing products. Don't use any bleaching products to clean your dentures as they can weaken their structure and change their colour. Don't soak dentures with metal parts in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal.
- Hot water. Rinsing or soaking your dentures in hot or boiling water can warp them and ruin their shape forever.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Dentures
Keeping your dentures clean is an important matter, and it’s completely understandable if you still have a few blind spots left in your mind. Let us give you the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about cleaning dentures!
|Question ||Answer |
|How do you remove tartar from dentures? ||You cannot remove tartar from dentures in general, especially from brushing alone. The best thing you can do is try to prevent tartar from forming in the first place, by using a denture cleanser regularly. |
| What is the best solution to clean dentures? ||Your best bet when it comes to cleaning dentures is to rinse them under lukewarm water, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak them in a professional denture cleaning product available at most drug stores and pharmacies.|
|Can you clean dentures with toothpaste?||We recommend you stick to the trusted combination of running water, soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleaning solution. |
|Can you brush dentures while in your mouth? ||You don’t always have to take your dentures out to perform a quick brushing session, but you will need to remove them daily for a more thorough clean. |
|Will bleach hurt my dentures? ||You should never use products containing bleach on your dentures, as it can weaken and discolour the denture material. |
|Can you soak dentures in salt water? ||Yes, soaking your dentures overnight in a glass containing cold water and a tablespoon of regular table salt is considered a safe DIY denture cleaning method. |
|Can hydrogen peroxide be used to clean dentures? ||Although hydrogen peroxide poses no danger to your dentures, its capabilities at whitening and cleaning your dentures are rather limited – a professional denture cleaning solution will give you better results 100% of the time. |
|What toothpaste is safe for dentures? ||While rinsing your dentures under running water, brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soaking them overnight in a denture cleaning solution should be enough to give your dentures a refreshing clean, if you do want to apply some toothpaste on them as well, you should look for products designed specifically for dentures. |
If you follow these simple instructions, your dentures should be in the best possible condition to provide the most comfortable fit and firm hold. If you have any problems whatsoever on how to remove or how to clean dentures, do not hesitate to contact your dentist.
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