Dentures, whether they are full or partial, require just as much care as natural teeth. There are some important considerations to make when handling and cleaning dentures in order to make them last longer, fit well, and stay white for a longer.

Handling your dentures

Dentures need to be handled carefully and mindfully so that they don’t end up dropped, broken, or bent out of shape. It is a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink filled with water when handling your dentures.

Cleaning your dentures

You need to care for complete and partial dentures as carefully as you would look after natural teeth.

Clean them every day. Plaque and tartar can build up on false teeth, just like they do on natural teeth.

Take them out every night. Brush your teeth and gums carefully, using a soft toothbrush. Be sure to clean and massage your gums. If your toothbrush hurts you, run it under warm water to make it softer OR try using a finger wrapped in a clean, damp cloth.

Soak them overnight. They can be soaked in a special cleaner for false teeth (denture cleanser), in warm water or in a mix of warm water and vinegar (half and half). If your denture has metal clasps, use warm water only for soaking. Soaking will loosen plaque and tartar. They will then come off more easily when you brush.

Keeping your dentures white

Keeping your dentures clean is one the the best ways to ensure that they stay white for a very long time. You can further prevent denture discolouration by avoiding staining foods such as berries, beets, pomegranates, and dark sauces, just as you would in order to prevent staining in natural teeth. Coffee and tea are also best avoided, or at least consumed through a straw.