Cleaning dentures

Maintenance Tips for Your Dentures

According to a 2010 CTV News report, the number of Canadians who are now edentulous or without teeth, as dentists like to say, has fallen off greatly in recent years, and according to the Oral Health component of the Canada Health Measures Survey (CHMS), only 6.6 per cent of the Canadian population aged 20-79 reports they have no teeth of their own. That compares to 1990, when 17 per cent of the population had no teeth.

While we’re getting better as a nation at caring for our oral health, for those that still wear full or partial dentures, proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best is still required as is brushing twice daily for those who still have their teeth. Fortunately, there’s Dr. Gary Mannarino and his team at Devon Plaza Dental who provide dental services from teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, and teeth whitening to crowns, root canals, and dentures using the most modern materials and equipment available. 

The purpose of wearing dentures is to enable people who have lost some or all of their teeth to speak, smile, and eat naturally. This requires dentures to be comfortable and well-maintained. Learning how to clean your dentures is an essential component to maintaining good daily hygiene. For good denture care:
  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating; 
  • Place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won't break if you drop them;
  • Be sure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning;
  • Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles;
  • Clean your mouth after removing your dentures, using a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and remember to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth; 
  • Clean your dentures daily by soaking and brushing with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque, and other deposits. Clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Do not use denture cleansers inside your mouth;
  • Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Check with your dentist about properly storing your dentures overnight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions;
  • Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.
A key component to good denture care is a regular dental checkup to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned while ensuring a proper fit to prevent slippage, discomfort, and check the inside of your mouth to make sure it’s healthy. See your dentist promptly if your dentures become loose as they can cause irritation, sores, and infection.

Dr. Gary Mannarino, born and raised in Windsor, can be found at the Devon Plaza Dental, 2665 Howard Ave Unit 1, Windsor. If you have questions of concerns about your dentures, denture care, or even if dentures are right for you contact Dr. Gary Mannarino at 519-255-1117 (Ext. 10) today – we’re ready to help you and your entire family with your dental needs.
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