Before you begin cleaning your dentures, it’s a good idea to place a folded towel down in front of you or fill your sink with water. This will help protect your dentures from damage if you accidentally drop them while cleaning them.
Next, remove your dentures from your mouth and rinse them with clean water to remove any loose food particles. Make sure you don’t hold your dentures too tightly, or you could damage them.
Use a wet denture brush or soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your dentures using a mild soap or denture cleaner. Never use regular toothpaste on your dentures; it’s much too abrasive and could scratch your dentures, creating tiny grooves where food particles and bacteria can collect.
As you gently brush all of the surfaces on your denture, make sure you pay close attention to your clasps and other tight crevices where bacteria can collect. Make sure you don’t bend your clips or damage any of the plastic areas of your dentures.
While you are cleaning, take the time to look for cracks or other damage. If you see any cracks take your dentures to your dentist or a dental specialist for repair.
Now that you have finished cleaning your dentures, you should clean and massage your gums. If you find that a soft-bristled toothbrush is too hard on your gums, you can use a clean, damp cloth wrapped around one of your fingers instead.
Once you have cleaned your gums and dentures, you should rinse your dentures thoroughly before returning them to your mouth. If you have any questions about cleaning your dentures, you should speak to your dentist.