How to Clean Your Dentures the Right Way

How to Clean Your Dentures the Right Way
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Table of Contents

  1. Keeping Dentures Clean
  2. Recommended Treatment & Cleaning
  3. Cleaning Your Dentures Every Day
  4. Home Remedies & Myths
  5. Dentures Are Common
  6. References

Removable dentures require different approaches to cleaning compared to natural teeth. Remove your dentures, gently brush them, and then store them in a cleaning solution overnight. Brush them again in the morning before you put them in.

Developing a good oral hygiene routine with dentures is simple. However, there is some misinformation about cleaning products, so it is important to listen to medical professionals’ advice.

How Do I Keep Dentures Clean?

Once dentures have been fitted to your mouth, you will receive care instructions. If dentures are permanently fixed to your jaw with dental implants, you may treat them the same as natural teeth, including brushing and flossing. Many people receive dentures that are removable, which means they need to be taken out at the end of the day and treated with special cleaner.

Your dentist can offer recommendations, and following these instructions is the best way to clean your dentures. There are also some home remedies that may support denture cleanliness, and some you should avoid.

Some sites recommend diluting household bleach, but it is best to avoid this and stick to products that are known to be safe for your mouth and your dentures.

Cleaning Your Dentures Every Day Is Best

Another study published in 2018 examined the benefits of daily denture cleaning compared to intermittent cleaning. Although evidence for the benefits of certain cleaning routines has been examined, evidence of consistent and frequent cleaning compared to less frequent cleaning had not been reported. The study found that dentures support good oral health if they are cleaned once per day, according to your dentist’s instructions, rather than cleaned less than once per day.

Dentures will collect plaque and tartar just like natural teeth. Developing a good oral hygiene routine to maintain their cleanliness will help to keep your mouth healthy for much longer.

Home Remedies & Myths About Denture Cleaning

You may run out of denture cleanser or want to find a method of cleaning your dentures that is more natural or eco-friendly. You can ask your dentist about denture cleansers that contain natural ingredients, safe natural remedies, or eco-friendly packaging options.

It is important to avoid certain chemicals, which are touted by some online resources as ways to clean your dentures. For example, do not use household bleach to clean your dentures. This is physically harmful for you, and bleach can damage your dentures without making them whiter.

One study examined four different dentist-recommended methods for cleaning dentures: standard brushing and immersion in water, standard brushing and immersion in water with a cleansing tablet, ultrasonic brushing and immersion in water, and ultrasonic brushing and immersion in water with a cleansing tablet. The study took place over five days, and researchers examined the amount of biofilm before and after each cleaning method. They determined that a cleaning tablet in water dramatically reduced the amount of bacteria on the dentures, but the difference in brushing methods did not seem to impact the amount of bacteria or plaque on the dentures.

Dentures Are Common

You may associate dentures with older adults who have lost their teeth, but a statistic from 2020 found that 40.99 million adults in the United States have either full or partial dentures. With so many types of dentures, more people are using these dental appliances to restore their smiles.

You may receive temporary dentures, partial fixed (permanent) dentures to replace just a few teeth, or complete dentures, either fixed to dental implants or not, to fully restore your bite.

If possible, your dentist will take impressions of your existing teeth so they can make dentures that are as closely matched to your original bite as possible. This may involve different types of measurements, x-rays, and dental impressions. Your general dentist may make dentures for you or refer you to a prosthodontist for specialty treatment.

References

U.S. Population: Do You Use Dentures? (November 2020). Statista. Date fetched: May 14,2021.

Types of Dentures & Causes of Treatment. New Mouth. Date fetched: May 14,2021.

Denture Care and Maintenance. (April 2019). American Dental Association (ADA). Date fetched: May 14,2021.

Dentures FAQs. American College of Prosthodontists. Date fetched: May 14,2021.

Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Care and Maintenance of Complete Dentures. (February 2011). American College of Prosthodontists.

Impact of Denture Cleaning Method and Overnight Storage Condition on Denture Biofilm Mass and Composition: A Cross-Over Randomized Clinical Trial. (January 2016). PLOS One.

Impact of Frequency of Denture Cleaning on Microbial and Clinical Parameters – A Bench to Chairside Approach. (May 2018). Journal of Oral Microbiology.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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