Postoperative Instructions for Denture Care

Handle Dentures with Care

To avoid accidentally dropping them, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling dentures.

Brush & Rinse Dentures Daily

Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food, plaque & to prevent the development of permanent stains. Use a brush with soft bristles that is specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush as is can damage or wear down dentures. Gently brush all surfaces of the dentures & be careful not to damage the plastic or bend attachments. In between brushings, rinse dentures after every meal.

Use Denture Cleaner

Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid can be used for cleaning dentures. Household cleaners & many toothpastes may be too abrasive & should not be used. Avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture.

Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to care for dentures

The appliance is immersed in the tub containing a cleaning solution & then sound waves create a wave motion that dislodges the undesirable deposits. This can be done at your dental office at your regular check-up appointment. The use of an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily brushing.

Unworn Denture Care

Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. They should never be placed in hot water, as it can cause them to warp. However, if the dentures have metal attachments, the attachments, could tarnish if placed in a soaking solution. Make sure to follow the directions on the cleanser packing closely. Your dentist can recommend the best method of care for your particular denture.

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