Whether you have fixed, full or partial dentures, they need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth. Bacteria and plaque can still build up on dentures, even though they are artificial, so it is important to continuously maintain your dental health.
How to Clean Removable Full and Partial Dentures
Remove your dentures and rinse them under clean water to dislodge any food particles stuck between the teeth, along the gum line, or underneath the structure. After the rinse, you should brush the dentures all over using a mild soap or denture cleaner. It is also important not to use a toothbrush that has hard bristles. Use a denture brush or a soft bristle toothbrush. After cleaning, make sure to rinse them well.
Before placing your dentures back in your mouth, clean your gums and remaining teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a regular toothpaste. If using a toothbrush is too uncomfortable, use a wet, soft washcloth to gently clean your gums.
Do not use other cleaners, regular toothpaste, bleach, hot water, or electric toothbrushes on your dentures. You should also not place your dentures in the dishwasher.
How to Clean Fixed Dentures (Implanted Dentures)
Fixed dentures behave the same way your natural teeth would, and thus you should care for them in the same way. As with your natural teeth, maintaining your dental health is a combination of seeing your dentist on a regular basis (every 6 months), as well as flossing and brushing twice a day. Your dentist may also recommend that you wear a night guard.
If you listen to the dental advice given by your dentist, attend regular check ups and implement efficient daily dental hygiene, you will maintain and preserve your implants.
Preserving Your Removable Dentures
It is recommended to remove your dentures before sleeping to give your mouth time to rest. When you remove your dentures at night, fully submerge them in a glass of warm water to keep them from drying out and becoming misshapen. You may also use a denture soaking solution, however, these solutions do tend to tarnish the metal components of dentures. In the morning, rinse off your dentures before putting them back in your mouth.
Remember that dentures are fragile and can crack or break, therefore to preserve your dentures, it is advised to take care when cleaning them. Placing a clean towel on the table top or in the sink where you normally clean your dentures will prevent them from cracking or breaking if they slip out of your hands.