Frequently Asked Questions About Denture Care

 

Dentures are an excellent cosmetic and functional fix for many of our patients. They’re durable, affordable and can help those who have struggled with chewing, speaking and smiling due to missing teeth. However, some people don’t realize it’s just as necessary to take care of your dentures as it is your natural teeth. Here’s what you need to know about denture care:

How Often Should I Soak My Dentures?

You will need to soak your dentures every day. This is an essential part of new denture care. Dentures have a tendency to lose their shape if you do not keep them moist. You can soak your dentures in distilled water or plain water. You should also consider using a denture soaking solution. Ask your dentist what might work best for you and your particular situation.

dentures in cleaning solution

What Do I Use to Clean My Dentures?

There are several products you can use to clean your dentures. However, it is important for you to avoid using regular toothpaste, whitening products or household cleaners. Anything not designed specifically for denture care has the potential to be too abrasive and damaging. Be sure to use the best toothpaste for dentures and a special toothbrush to remove plaque and food debris.

You won’t need to floss with dentures, as there are no spaces built between the teeth of dentures to trap food or plaque.

It is best refer to your dental professional for suggestions on the best products to clean your dentures.

Do I Still Need to Brush If I Wear Dentures?

You wear your dentures all day. However, you do need to take them out for proper cleaning.

Brushing your gums with a soft-bristled brush after you remove them is an important part of gum care after dentures. It will help to remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. Don’t neglect your oral health when you wear dentures.

What Is The Best Denture Cleaner?

To get the most out of your dentures, you should use the best denture care products. Efferdent denture cleanser tablets are one of the best products on the market. It is designed to keep the dentures clean, as well as prevent plaque from building up on your gums. It can also remove food particles from the dentures that cause gum irritation that can lead to more significant problems.

Good denture cleaners will also help to keep your dentures moist. This is vital to making sure your dentures keep their shape and fit well in your mouth. When looking for the best product for your type of dentures, make sure it has moisturizing agents as well as cleaning ability.

Dentist showing patient how dentures work

Can I Soak My Dentures in Mouthwash?

Many people who want to know how to store dentures overnight also want to know if it is okay to soak them in mouthwash. If you do not have denture soaking solution or are unable to get them, it is okay for you to soak your dentures in mouthwash on occasion. Just be sure to mix the mouthwash with equal parts water before submerging your dentures. Rinse the dentures thoroughly before placing back in your mouth.

Also, there is special mouthwash for denture wearers you can purchase at any pharmacy. You can also use this if you find yourself in a bind.

How Do You Clean Badly Stained Dentures?

You can use the best toothpaste and brush for dentures if you have stains or discolorations. Stains can be caused by coffee, tea, wine, soda and tobacco and should be avoided whenever possible. Also, you should see your dentist regularly to ensure you’re caring for your dentures in the best possible way.

woman holding her dentures

Do You Soak Your Dentures in Peroxide?

You can soak your dentures in peroxide. You will need to mix 3 percent peroxide with 1/3 cup of water. Let your dentures soak for about 30 minutes. Hydrogen peroxide is also a great mouthwash for denture wearers. However, consult with your dentist before regularly using peroxide to clean your dentures.

Can I Soak My Dentures in Listerine?

Many people who want to know how to store dentures overnight also want to know if it is okay to soak them in Listerine. It is okay for you to soak your dentures in Listerine. You won’t damage your dentures in any way.

 

Overall, keep your mouth and dentures clean. Making sure your dentures fit correctly will also help prevent bacteria and food from getting stuck between the gums and dentures. If you’re concerned about new denture care, speak to your dental professional. They can share tips and suggestions on how to keep your dentures clean and functioning at their best.

About the Author

Dr. Scott Futch

Dr. Scott F. Futch, DDS

Dr. Scott Futch has been a clinical director for Absolute Dental since April 2017. Dr. Futch graduated from University of Michigan School of Dentistry and completed his training at the Dawson Academy; a postgraduate multi-disciplinary education clinical research facility dedicated to the advancement of dentistry. Dr. Futch has had over 25 years of experience as a skilled clinician, mentor and coach.

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