How Do I Clean My Dentures?

December 15, 2022 Published by Photo of dentures in a glass for cleaning.

Dentures are a popular, effective tooth replacement if you’re missing several or all your teeth. At our office, we offer partial, full, and implant-supported dentures. How do you take care of your dentures? Here are the most important tips.

Clean Them at Least Once Every Day

To maintain good oral health, you should clean your dentures at least once every day. If you want to keep them really clean, it’s a good idea to clean or rinse them after eating.

Handle Your Dentures Carefully

Before removing your dentures for cleaning, lay a towel in the sink so if you accidentally drop your dentures, they have a soft landing spot. Dentures are durable, but you should still handle them with care.

Don’t Use Toothpaste To Clean Your Dentures

Brush your dentures thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap to remove plaque and food debris. Toothpaste is too abrasive, so stick with soap or a denture cleaner.

Use Lukewarm or Cool Water

When brushing or rinsing your dentures, be sure to use lukewarm or cool water. Hot and boiling water will warp the denture’s shape.

Soak Your Dentures Overnight

After brushing and rinsing your dentures, soak them overnight in a denture solution. This kills off any remaining bacteria and keeps the dentures moist. Dentures need to be moist or they can become brittle and break easily. The next morning, rinse your dentures well so you don’t ingest any denture solution.

Dentures at Oakboro Family Dentistry in Oakboro, NC

Dentures require a specific cleaning routine but adjusting isn’t too difficult for most patients. Cleaning them well protects their appearance, your gum health, and the health of any remaining natural teeth. The cost of dentures depends on what type you’re getting and your insurance. We accept many insurance plans, as well as third-party payment plans. If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact us today!

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