It might come as a surprise, but dentures build up plaque and tartar just like natural teeth. Maintaining good oral health starts by ensuring your dentures are clean and fitting properly.
Regular denture care includes daily removal and brushing of the mouth, tongue, cheeks and palate. You should also check the denture for any broken, chipped or cracked areas.
- Dentures should be thoroughly cleaned everyday
- Soaking dentures in cleaning solution about 30 minutes before brushing will loosen tartar and plaque
- Brush dentures with a denture brush and liquid soap for foam denture cleaner
- It is important you use non-abrasive products and materials to prevent scratching
- It is ideal to leave dentures out overnight if possible, or at least 1-2 hours per day minimum.
- This will let gums rest and help prevent denture stomatitis or inflammation
- Clean the cup you store your dentures in at least once a week
- Change denture brush on a yearly basis and denture cup as required
- Remove and rinse dentures after eating
- Clean your mouth after removing your denture
- Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.