Here are our recommendations for cleaning your dentures or implant dentures…
- Rinse your dentures after meals removing food remnants from their under-surfaces.
- Cleaning your dentures each day with a denture brush over a basin /sink partly filled with water or covered with a wet face-cloth / tea-towel. This is to prevent breakage if dropped. Do not clean dentures in the shower, also in case you drop them!
- Mechanical cleaning of dentures done 2-3 times daily with a denture brush and dishwashing liquid, followed by toothpaste.
- Chemical cleaning of dentures is done at night – remove your dentures and place them in a container on your choice with water, together with a Steradent or Polident tablet or powder. Do this once or twice a week for 10 minutes for light stains and for heavier stains for 20 minutes. For more stubborn staining, soak the dentures every night with the Steradent or Polident cleanser tablet or powder.
- Chemical cleaning can also be done each night using household bleach (3 tablespoons of Janola® into 2 cups of water) for 10 minutes only.
- Dentures should be stored in plain water in a container of your choice after cleaning and before going to bed at night.
- Mouthrinses like Savacol or Listerine are also useful to rinse your mouth at night after removing the dentures. Massage your gums with a facecloth and brush the top of tongue daily with a soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush to remove food remnants that can cause bad breath.
Download How To Take Care Of Your Implants and Overdentures (with permission Professor Jocelyne Feine, University of Montreal)