How to properly clean your dentures
1) Fill the sink with lukewarm water. Place a small towel on edge of the sink to guard against dentures accidentally being dropped.
2) Use a small soft toothbrush or denture brush with a soft soap to clean each surface of the denture being careful not to damage any clasps or metalwork.
3) Occasionally a 3-minute denture-cleaning tablet can be used for cleaning, but do not soak overnight in these. This should be sufficient using once or twice per week.
4) Rinse dentures thoroughly with cold water and soak in a glass filled with fresh cold water overnight.
5) Dentures should be rinsed after every meal to reduce the buildup of plaque and food debris.
6) Like natural teeth, dentures can pick up staining every day. This is especially true if you smoke, or drink a lot of tea, coffee, or red wine. In most cases, you should be able to remove this staining with regular cleaning. However, more stubborn stains may take a little more cleaning, which your Clinical Dental Technician will be able to help with.
Things to avoid when wearing dentures
1) Abrasive cleaning materials. Cleaning products containing abrasive substances can cause serious damage to your dentures in the long run.
2) Toothpaste. Toothpaste is for use on natural dentition only.
3) Products containing bleach. Do not use any bleaching products to clean your dentures as they can weaken their structure and change their colour. Do not soak dentures with metal parts in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal.
4) Hot water. Rinsing or soaking your dentures in hot or boiling water can warp them and alter their shape.