Denture care

Like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned twice a day.

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Before you start

  • Put on a new pair of protective gloves.
  • Ask the person to take their dentures out, or support them as appropriate.
  • Check for any sign of dentures not fitting well (eg cuts, redness, sores) – make a dental appointment if needed. Do not try to adjust or fix dentures yourself.

Clean dentures

  1. Clean dentures in the morning and at night. Do this over a sink of water or towel to reduce the risk of breaking if dropped.
  2. Use mild liquid soap on a soft toothbrush or denture brush. Don’t use toothpaste to clean dentures
  3. Brush all surfaces of the denture well. Rinse with cold water
  4. Also clean the gums and tongue using a soft toothbrush in the morning and at night.
  5. Take dentures out before you go to sleep at night. Keep cleaned dentures in a cup of fresh cold water, or in a clean dry container overnight.

Have dentures checked regularly by an oral health professional to make sure they still fit and work well.