Keep Dentures Stain-Free
It’s necessary to clean your denture to keep them stain-free. Remove your dentures and run water over them after eating to remove any food particles. Be careful to not drop and break them while cleaning them, and don’t bend them or damage the clasps. You may want to stand over a folded towel or hold your dentures over a full sink of water when handling them. It’s a good idea to clean your mouth at the same time you clean your dentures, using a soft toothbrush for your teeth, and some gauze for your palate and tongue.
Scrub your dentures at least once a day. This is necessary to remove food and plaque. To do this, use mild soap, dishwashing liquid or a denture cleaner. Avoid bleach, because it can turn the pink portion of the denture white. Do not use a stiff-bristled tooth brushes and abrasive toothpaste. These can damage your dentures. Brush all the surfaces of your dentures gently. If you a buy a denture cleaner at a drugstore or supermarket, look for a product that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, since these products have been approved for safety and effectiveness. Dentures should never be placed in hot water, as his can cause them to warp.
Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to help care for your dentures. These are small tub-like devices that use sound waves to dislodge particles stuck to your dentures. It is recommended that you still do a daily hand scrubbing of your dentures even if you use an ultrasonic device.
Most kinds of dentures need to be soaked overnight in water or a mild denture-soaking solution. If your dentures have metal parts, do not soak them in chlorine-containing solutions because the metal will tarnish. Make sure you rinse your dentures after soaking them before putting them in your mouth, as some of the solutions could harm your mouth.
Don’t forget that you should occasionally have your dentist professionally clean your dentures. At the same time this is being done, your dentist can examine your mouth to see if it’s healthy.