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Cleaning Your Denture the Proper Way

June 22, 2024

Proper storage and cleaning protocols for complete dentures and removable partial dentures are essential for maintaining their longevity and ensuring oral health. Here are the recommended guidelines:

Cleaning Protocol:

  1. Daily Cleaning:
    • Rinse after meals: After eating, remove and rinse dentures to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup.
    • Brushing: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or a brush specifically designed for dentures. Clean all surfaces, including the interior that fits against your gums. Avoid using regular toothpaste, which can be abrasive. Instead, use a mild denture cleaner or a gentle, non-abrasive soap.
    • Soaking: Soak dentures in a denture cleaning solution such as Polident to help remove stains, bacteria, and plaque. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper use of the soaking solution.
  2. Avoiding Harmful Products:
    • Avoid bleach: Do not use bleach-containing products as they can weaken dentures and change their color.
    • Hot water: Avoid hot or boiling water, which can warp dentures.

Storage Protocol:

  1. Overnight Storage:
    • Remove at night: It is recommended to remove dentures at night to give your gums a chance to rest and recover.
    • Moisture maintenance: Keep dentures in water or a denture-soaking solution such as Polident when not in use to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape. Use clean water or the solution recommended by your dentist or the denture manufacturer.
  2. Special Care for Partial Dentures:
    • Metal clasps: Pay special attention to cleaning the metal clasps on partial dentures to prevent damage and ensure they maintain their grip.
    • Storage case: Use a designated storage case to protect the partial dentures when not in use, especially when traveling.

Additional Tips:

  1. Regular Check-ups:
    • Schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure dentures fit well and to monitor the health of your oral tissues.
  2. Oral Hygiene:
    • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your gums, tongue, and any remaining teeth with a soft toothbrush. This helps prevent gum disease.
  3. Adjustments and Repairs:
    • Never attempt to adjust or repair dentures yourself. If your dentures become loose or cause discomfort, please give our office a call for adjustments or repairs.
  4. Diet Considerations:
    • Be mindful of the foods you eat. Avoid sticky or hard foods that might damage dentures. Cut food into smaller pieces to make chewing easier.

Following these protocols will help ensure that your complete dentures and removable partial dentures remain in good condition and function effectively.

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