Denture Care Do’s and Don’ts

If you wear dentures, proper cleaning and storage is a must.

If you wear dentures, proper cleaning and storage is a must.

Nearly 45% of Arizonans 18 and older have had permanent teeth extracted – and 13% of Arizonans 65 and older have had all of their teeth extracted. Fortunately, there are many options for replacing lost teeth, whether it’s a few, or all. However, even if the teeth are artificial, they still need some TLC.

Here are a few tips for denture wearers:

  • Cleaning: Full and partial dentures should be removed and cleaned every day. It’s best to use a brush and cleanser that are specifically designed for cleaning dentures, not your regular toothpaste. You should also avoid cleansers that are too harsh or abrasive. If you have a partial denture, remove it before brushing your natural teeth. Don’t clean or sterilize any denture in boiling water – it could result in damage to the device.
  • Storage: When not wearing dentures, keep them in a safe place, out of reach of curious children and playful pets. Soak them in a cleansing solution or water.

Whether you have a partial denture, a full set of dentures, a bridge, or implants, continue to see your dentist regularly. He or she can make sure that everything continues to fit comfortably and properly.

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4 Responses to “Denture Care Do’s and Don’ts”

  1. Adamran
    03/01/2015 at 11:05 pm #

    Always Keeping your mouth and dentures healthy can prevent any further oral hygiene problems. Thanks for sharing your points.

    • Caroline Cole →
      04/06/2015 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks for your thoughts, Adam!

  2. Deanna R. Jones
    06/08/2015 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks for the post! My mom is staying with me over the weekend, and she asked me a few questions about where she should put her dentures. She told me that she usually puts them next to her bed on her night stand, but there isn’t one in the room that she’s staying in. Now I can see that she hasn’t been doing everything she should to keep them clean when she isn’t wearing them. She usually doesn’t soak them in cleansing solution or water when she’s sleeping, so I’ll be sure that she does that from now on instead of simply let her lay them on a table.

  3. emily bennettee
    07/11/2016 at 7:50 pm #

    This is some really good information about denture care. My grandmother is thinking about getting some dentures soon. I like that you pointed out that if you aren’t wearing them you need to keep them in a storage container and in a safe place. It does seem like it would be a good idea to have them inspected every now and then just to make sure everything is okay.

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