How to clean dentures

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As with teeth, dentures (which can also be called false teeth) are prone to getting plaque, tartar and stains. To keep your mouth looking and feeling its best, a good daily denture cleaning routine is recommended. Whilst using denture cleanser tablets help provide a deep clean, brushing helps remove plaque and other debris; both helping to ensure you have a healthy mouth and denture.

Three steps to clean dentures

Just like brushing your natural teeth, the process is simple. Read our three simple steps for cleaning false teeth to help maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Soak

Drop a denture cleaning tablet in warm water – not hot as this may cause damage to your dentures – and soak the dentures for the amount of time specified on the product packaging. There should be enough water to completely cover the denture. Brushing your dentures  helps remove plaque, however, soaking them in solution will make sure any debris that the bristles cannot reach is removed. You may want to use a special denture cleanser, such as Polident, in your regular cleaning routine which can kill 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria*. View our denture cleanser tablets range here.

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Step 2: Brush

Using a soft-bristle brush and the cleanser tablet solution, gently brush your dentures to clean off any remaining debris. Special denture brushes are available which are suitable to use on dentures daily. Try to avoid using regular toothpaste, as its abrasive effects could cause tiny scratches on the denture surface, which may then cause bacteria to build up.

Step 3: Rinse

Once soaked and brushed, rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water.

Knowing exactly how to clean your dentures and having a daily cleaning routine should help ensure your full and partial dentures are kept as clean as possible, leaving you with every confidence to live life loud.

*in laboratory tests