The 5 Dos & Don'ts of Denture Care

Taking proper care of your dentures is essential for good oral health. Here is a complete list of denture care do and don’ts for first-time denture wearers. 

Dentures have come a long way from where they used to be. Today, there are a number of comfortable, natural-looking, long-lasting tooth replacement options to suit all individual needs and budgets.

At our SW Calgary denture clinic, we offer a range of denture solutions including:

  • Traditional complete dentures
  • Traditional partial
  • Flexible partial dentures
  • Denture implants


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Not sure which denture solution is right for you? Book a consultation with your local Calgary denturist. They can help assess your oral health and particular tooth loss needs to best determine which tooth replacement option is right for you.


Denture Care Dos & Don'ts

Whichever tooth loss solution option you choose, be it traditional partial/complete dentures, or implant-supported dentures, taking care of your replacement teeth is crucial if you want to avoid:

  • Additional tooth loss
  • Sore spots and significant discomfort
  • Plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay
  • Serious general health issues including increased risk for stroke and lung disease  

First-time denture wearer? Here are some simple and easy denture care dos and don’ts to help protect the health of your remaining teeth and ensure the longevity of your dentures:

DO: Take your dentures out overnight for cleaning. Make sure they soak in a specialized cleaner overnight and REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE SOLUTION DAILY.

If dentures are left in too long, it can lead to:

  • Gum infections
  • Inflammation
  • Sore gums
  • An unpleasant denture odour


DON’T: Use toothpicks or hard dental scrapers on your dentures.

Dentures do not have the same sensations as natural teeth and you may accidentally poke and damage soft mouth tissues.

DO: Brush your dentures daily.

Brushing your dentures after meals is very important for removing food and bacteria, as well as preventing your dentures from staining. When doing this remember:

  • NEVER to use toothpaste as this will scratch your dentures
  • To use a soft denture-brush
  • To lay a towel over the sink to eliminate breakage should you accidentally drop them


Don’t: Bite and pull with tugging motions when eating

At meal times, avoid using your front dentures on harder foods as this may cause them to chip or break. Denturists always recommend practicing taking small bites, as this will prevent breakage and wear of your dentures.

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Do: Take care of your mouth and gums.

In order for your complete/partial dentures to fit properly, they need a healthy base of gums to fit around. So when you take your dentures out for cleaning, remember to gently brush:

  • Your gums
  • Tongue
  • Roof of your mouth

This will ensure that any bacteria buildup is prevented and it keeps the blood flowing and mouth tissues thriving. REMEMBER: Brush and floss any remaining natural teeth as part of your daily dental and denture care.


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To get more denture care tips, or to find out whether denture implants, flexible partials or complete dentures are right for you, contact our SW Calgary denture clinic at (403) 475-0016 or fill in our online contact form.

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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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