7 Best Tips To Clean And Store Dentures

clean and store your dentures - castle rock

Taking care of your dentures may not be as intuitive a process as you might think. As dentures are an investment in your overall oral health and confidence, it is important that you know how to care for your dentures.

To help you properly care for your dentures, our dentists at Castle Rock Dental have seven of the best tips to clean and store your dentures so that they last for years to come.

1. Remove Dentures Nightly

One of the first things you should know is that it is essential to remove your dentures on a nightly basis. If you have certain denture products such as implanted dentures, clearly, this advice is not applicable. However, if you have traditional removable dentures or partial dentures which are not fixed, then you will need to take them out at night.

Your gum tissue needs time without the pressure of your dentures on them, and when you rest is the ideal time to allow your gums that break. Also, you don’t want your dentures to potentially slip out of your mouth while you sleep, so it’s best to take them out.

2. Take Dentures Out Over A Softened Surface

Before you take your dentures out, be sure that you do it over a softened surface. Filling up your bathroom sink with water will provide a safe place for falling dentures to land. Also, it is best to have a towel on your bathroom counter, to ensure that your dentures will have a padded landing whether they fall in the sink or on the countertop.

While dentures are pretty durable, they can become chipped fairly easily if you drop them on hard surfaces. These chips may be able to be repaired, but there is potential for your dentures become completely broken, so it’s better not to take the risk.

3. Brush Gums And Dentures After Removal

Once your dentures are out, take them one at a time to clean. First things first, rinse off your dentures and set them aside so that you can rinse out your mouth. After the initial rinsing, carefully brush your gums using a soft-bristled toothbrush. This cleaning should remove the remaining food particles and the leftover denture adhesive that can be on your gums.

When your gums are cleans, carefully brush your dentures. You should not use toothpaste, as it is not formulated for dentures and can be too abrasive for them. Instead, using a soft-bristle dentures brush, simply rinse your dentures with water, brush, and rinse them with water again.

4. Submerge Dentures Overnight

Dentures aren’t meant to dry out, so after you finish cleaning them, place your dentures in water overnight. They should be completely submerged in water, to which you can add a specialized denture cleaning solution, which our dentists can recommend them to you.

Also, please note that the soaking solution is not a substitute for brushing your dentures. Plaque, calcium, and food particles can still cling to dentures that are soaked in cleaning solution, so be sure to clean them before soaking overnight.

5. Rinse Dentures Before Putting Back In Mouth

If you have chosen to use denture cleaning solution at night as your dentures soak, you will need to rinse them off before placing them back into your mouth. As the cleaning solution can have harsh chemicals, you don’t want to place that directly onto your delicate gums, as it can cause chemical burns, sores, discomfort, and vomiting.

6. Meet With Our Dentists Regularly

Some people with full dentures may believe that since they have no natural teeth remaining, that they don’t need to visit with the dentist regularly. In reality, you still need to come in for biannual, regular dental visits to ensure your oral health is good and your dentures are in good shape.

During these visits, our dentists can check the fit of your dentures, the health of your gums, and answer any questions you may have about your dentures. If problems are discovered, our dentists may be able to help you in-office or send your dentures out to the lab for repairs.

7. Avoid Using Abrasive Substances On Dentures

Lastly, as you clean your dentures, be sure to avoid using any abrasive substances on your dentures, as they can wear down your dentures and leave them fragile. The top things you should avoid are:

  • Hot water, as it can warp the shape of your dentures.
  • Regular toothpaste, which can abraid the surface of your dentures and leave weaknesses as well as spots for plaque build up.
  • Rough cleaning materials such as hard brushes and regular cleaners.
  • Bleaching products on your denture’s teeth, as the bleach, won’t affect the color but can weaken the overall structure of your dentures.

To schedule a dentures check-up with one of our dentists, contact us. They can check to ensure the fit is still good and answer any specific questions you may have about your dentures and your overall oral health.

Speak Your Mind