HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DENTURES
ADVICE ON CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
It’s important to take good care of your dentures—whether they’re full, partial, temporary, or flexible—so they stay fresh and comfortable in your mouth. Adopting a daily cleaning regimen is an essential part of keeping them looking their best and removing them at night (unless told otherwise) will give your gums a rest. Here are a few adjustments you’ll need to make to your daily oral care routine to ensure that your dentures last for years to come.
It doesn’t matter which type of dentures you have, removing them regularly to clean will keep your mouth healthy and looking its best. To help prevent tough stains, remove your dentures from your mouth and soak them in a denture cleaning solution, such as Poligrip Overnight Whitening Daily Cleanser or Poligrip 3 Minute Denture Cleanser as indicated by the directions on the pack.
It’s important to handle your dentures with care. When removing them, stand over a towel or a sink filled with water to protect them in case they slip while cleaning.
Brushing Your Dentures
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your dentures at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive denture cleanser. However, some ingredients found in toothpastes are abrasive and can damage or scratch your dentures. That’s why it’s important to use a gentle, nonabrasive cleanser like Polident and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush them.
Brushing your dentures using a specially designed soft-bristled brush will help ensure you give your dentures a thorough clean and get rid of any leftover debris. Rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water (just not hot water) to wash off the remaining solution before wearing them again so they feel fresh.
Soaking Your Dentures
In addition to brushing, you should soak your dentures with a cleansing solution like Polident 3 Minute Denture Cleanser to help lift stains and kill odor-causing bacteria that brushing might miss. To use this product*:
Drop 1 tablet into warm water
Don’t use hot water, which can warp dentures.
Soak dentures for 3–5 minutes*
Ensure they are fully submerged.
Brush dentures with solution
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and discard remaining solution after use.
Rinse dentures thoroughly
Use cool or warm (but not hot) running water.
Storing Your Dentures
Place your dentures in a glass of water whenever you’re not wearing them for long periods of time to prevent them from drying out and to help them maintain their shape.
Rinsing Your Dentures
Be sure to rinse and dry off your dentures before putting them back in your mouth. Also, rinse them after eating to clear away leftover food particles.
Ask Your Dentist About Dentures
Always ask your dentist for their advice on how to clean and care for your dentures as best practices may vary depending on the type of dentures you have and what your dentures are made of.
*Always follow the instructions on the package. Times may vary depending on the product being used.