Caring For Your Dentures: A Step By Step Guide

Caring For Your Dentures: A Step By Step Guide

For many people, brushing your teeth is second nature; you’ve been doing it when you wake up and go to bed for years. But when you get dentures, your routine changes slightly. While dentures can’t be cared for exactly how natural teeth are, they still need some TLC to keep them in good shape and to keep your mouth clean. If dentures aren’t properly cared for, the fit and comfort of them may change and bacteria can easily develop in your mouth. To keep your dentures in the best condition and to care for your oral health, make sure to clean your dentures at least once a day.

5 Steps To Care For Your Dentures

Step 1: Prepare The Space
A common reason dentures break is due to dropping the denture on a hard surface. To avoid this, place a towel over your bathroom counter and stand on a rug/bathmat. This way, if the dentures slip out of your hands, they will have some cushioning to break the fall and protect your dentures from breaking.

Step 2: Remove The Dentures
You don’t want to brush your dentures while they are still in your mouth, as dentures require an all-over cleaning that includes both sides of the base (the part that looks like your gums). Before you clean your dentures, take them out and rinse them with warm water.

Step 3: Brush All Over The Dentures
Use a soft-bristled brush that won’t damage the dentures. Gently brush all surfaces of the dentures, including the teeth and the base. Make sure you use a denture cleanser or a mild soap with warm water, as toothpaste can damage the dentures. Once your dentures are brushed, rinse them thoroughly, as denture cleanser is not meant for human consumption and should never enter the mouth. Brushing your dentures is an incredibly important part of caring for them, as it helps to get rid of plaque and food particles that can lead to poor oral health if not removed.

Step 4: Brush Your Gums
While this may not seem like a part of denture care, your gum health and dentures are connected. Brushing your gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help to stimulate your gums and increase blood flow. It will also remove plaque from the mouth. Brushing your gums and any remaining teeth will help keep your dentures comfortable and your mouth healthy. Learn more ways to protect your oral health here.

Step 5: Soak Overnight
If you are brushing your dentures before bed, put them in a glass of water or denture-soaking solution. Leaving dentures exposed to air can cause them to dry out and become warped. When soaking the dentures, make sure the water is not hot, as this can also warp the dentures. Put the dentures somewhere they won’t get knocked over in the night, such as on the bathroom counter instead of on a nightstand. If the dentures sit in denture-soaking solution overnight, rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in. Denture-soaking solution is not meant for consumption.

Calgary Dentures At Future Smiles Denture Clinic

Caring for your dentures by cleaning them every night will help to prolong denture life, keep your mouth comfortable, and protect oral health. Another way to extend denture life and keep your mouth comfortable is through denture relines and adjustments from your Calgary denturist. Visit Future Smiles Denture Clinic to discuss denture care with a trained and experienced Calgary denturist. If you get your dentures from Future Smiles Denture Clinic, you will receive 1 year of FREE repairs and adjustments with the purchase of a set of partial or complete dentures. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Are there other ways to keep my dentures in good shape?
A: Yes, prolonging denture life takes more than just daily cleaning. To learn other ways to avoid denture breaks or deterioration, read Denture Care: Avoid These 5 Bad Habits.

Q: Are there any ways I can keep my dentures comfortable throughout the day?
A: While you don’t need to brush your dentures after every time you eat, it can help to rinse them. If food gets trapped under your dentures it can cause discomfort and rubbing. This is most common if you eat nuts or foods with seeds such as raspberries or everything bagels. If your dentures feel as though they are always rubbing or if you have developed sore spots, visit a Calgary denturist to examine the fit of your dentures. It may be time for a reline.

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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