Care of Dentures

Please use a special denture paste to clean your dentures. Do not use a regular toothpaste as it is too abrasive and will damage the plastic. A soaking solution may be used, but only in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.  In particular do not overheat the water used to make the solution.

Always clean dentures over bowl or sink of water to help reduce the risk of breakage if dropped.

Use a disclosing solution, to show hidden plaque. You can make this from red food dye bought from the supermarket.
After cleaning the denture, put it in a glass and tip a little of the food dye over the denture. Add a little water and swish it around the glass until all the surfaces of the denture have been in contact with the liquid. Then rinse the denture in the glass under running water until the water is colourless. Any plaque still attached to the denture will be coloured red and easily visible. Remove the plaque with a denture brush. The food dye will not stain the denture – only the plaque.

Efficient cleaning of dentures should be carried out every 24 hours.

Dentures left out at night should be kept in water or wrapped in wet tissue or gauze, and kept in a denture box. They should not be allowed to dry out.

Dentures with a temporary tissue conditioner lining should not rest on the lining when out of the mouth. They must only rest on the teeth, otherwise the lining could distort. Only certain solutions should be used with tissue conditioners: Steradent Deep, Crega Tabs and Dentural.

To remove calculus (tartar) from dentures, soak them overnight in a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. This will soften calculus, which can then be brushed off.

You can leave your dentures in your mouth if you prefer, providing you maintain a high standard of oal hygiene foy your remaining teeth and your dentures.