Taking Care of Your Dentures

Take care of your dentures like you would take care of your natural teeth. Daily care will keep your dentures clean and help prevent bacteria growth in your mouth.

  • To reduce the risk of your dentures breaking when you clean them, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water.
  • Just because your dentures are false teeth doesn’t mean they are immune from plaque and tartar build up. Make sure to brush your dentures every day using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be careful not to bend the plastic. You should also rinse your dentures after each meal.
  • When you clean your dentures, be sure to use a gentle cleanser as many toothpastes and mouthwashes are typically too harsh. Always look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval when picking your cleaning products. If you have any questions or concerns about whether a product is safe for your dentures, Dr. John and the Schoolhouse staff will gladly lend you assistance.
  • Your dentures need to stay moist when you aren’t wearing them. Storing your dentures in a denture cleaning solution or in water will help prevent them from drying out, losing their shape, cracking, or breaking. Keep in mind that certain types of dentures require specific soaking solutions. If you are unsure about the best way to keep your dentures moist, consult with Dr. John about which denture solution is best for you.
  • Whether you have full set of dentures, or a partial set, it is important to keep your gums and teeth clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for daily gentle cleaning of your gums and tongue.