How Should You Clean Your Removable Dentures?
Your dentures may not be real, but it is still very important for your oral health that they are bacteria-free and stain-free.
Similar to natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned daily to remove food residue and prevent dental plaque from accumulating and developing permanent stains. Therefore, the surest way to prevent problems such as plaque and tartar formation that can cause bad breath is to take care of your dentures. Check out our article to learn how to clean your dentures…
Step by Step Denture Removal
We recommend that you clean your dentures at least once a day (before going to bed). Follow the steps listed below daily to keep your dentures in good condition and keep your gums healthy.
Prepare your bath: Use warm water to loosen the prosthesis. Gargling with warm water helps loosen the seal on your denture adhesive, making it easier to remove your dentures.
Remove your dentures: To remove your denture, start with the lower prosthesis by holding the middle part between your thumb and middle finger and gently loosen the prosthesis with back and forth movements. When you feel the prosthesis starting to come away, gently pull it up and out. Then remove the upper prosthesis with movements similar to the lower one. When you feel the denture loosening, push the denture up and out, being careful not to damage your gums.
Rinse your denture under running water to get rid of loose food particles.
Use a denture toothbrush or a soft regular toothbrush to brush your denture. You can use water, denture paste or non-abrasive toothpaste. Avoid regular toothpastes that contain abrasive ingredients.
Remove sticky residue from your mouth. Gargling with warm salt water will help remove any residual adhesive. Then, use a clean cloth to clean your gums and roof of your mouth before rinsing your mouth again with warm water. If there are stubborn sticky residues, you can also brush your gums with a very soft toothbrush. If you use partial dentures, brush your natural teeth.
Soak the dentures overnight. Use a denture cleaning solution or water to wet the dentures, but you can also use fast-acting cleaners before putting your denture in water afterwards. Always follow the instructions on the denture cleaning package. If you have partial dentures, be sure to use a cleaning solution designed for partial dentures.
Before placing your denture in your mouth in the morning, be sure to rinse your denture thoroughly with water first.
How to Remove Plaque and Tartar from Dentures
Many people think that plaque and tartar are the same thing. And although they have a strong bond with each other, they differ in many respects. To begin with, dental plaque is a sticky, colorless, soft film that constantly forms on the surface of your dentures. Contains bacteria that can cause gum disease and dental decay in partial dentures wearers. Tartar is the hard, tougher version of plaque that can cause denture discoloration. It forms when residual plaque on your dentures reacts with minerals in your saliva. If you don’t take proper care of your dentures, plaque can calcify and turn into tartar over time.
For best results, we recommend using cleaning products formulated to clean your dentures. Some denture cleaners come in the form of tablets, you can dissolve them in water or take a denture soaking solution to clean dentures overnight.