HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DENTURES
ADVICE ON CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
Cleaning your dentures is just as important as caring for your natural teeth, but the process is a little different. 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.
Removing Your Dentures
It’s important to handle your dentures with care. When removing them, stand over a cushioned 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. However, some ingredients found in toothpastes are abrasive, and can damage or scratch your dentures. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser like Polident® and a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush them.
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 one 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 denture with solution
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and discard remaining solution after use.
Rinse denture thoroughly
Use 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 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.
*Always follow the instructions on the package. Times may vary depending on the product being used.