DENTURE HOME CARE
REMEMBER DO NOT MAKE
ADJUSTMENTS OR REPAIRS YOURSELF.
The resin that your
denture/partial is made from has microscopic holes that can collect food debris
and /or bacteria. Dentures become contaminated because they are in your
mouth on a daily basis and sometimes worn 24/hour/day.
Continuous reinfection by dentures may lead to microbial disease
that can be chronic cause systemic diseases* thus it is essential that you:
Regular denture/partial cleaning
(if you have a temporary
lining please skip this section and read the section below.)
Clean your denture/partials thoroughly twice
a day with a denture brush (this came with your denture kit) and a non-abrasive
denture cleanser. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive for denture care.
Dentures are fragile, so it is important to
handle with care.
The early weeks of
denture wearing can be quite a challenge sometimes as you
adjust to them. In addition to trying other brands or
amounts of adhesive, you may try various finger positions
and ways to dislodge your denture (ie- try pulling on only
the left or right side of the denture to remove it). Also
placing your thumb against the front teeth and press upward and
outward toward our nose. Another often useful trick is to
place a finger inside each of your cheeks and pull out and
laterally (so that you look like a chipmunk!). This
stretches your cheek muscles and may break the seal of your
denture. Soon you will be able to place and remove your
denture without even thinking about it.
To remove lower denture,
slowly pull on the denture while applying a rocking
Don't use alcohol, abrasive cleaners,
bleaches, whiteners they may scratch the surface of the denture and harsh
products like bleach which will turn the pink parts of
your denture white.
Do not use boiling water,
dishwasher or microwave to
clean or soak your denture because it will warp them.
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Rinse your denture after every meal
Do not wear dentures at night. The gum tissue
needs to rest and to allow normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue
and saliva in order to promote better long term health of your gums.
Soak denture/partial in warm water or a
Bleach denture brush in
50%water/50% Clorox solution once a week.
Soak dentures in 50%
vinegar/50% water to inhibit fungus growth. A little
better alterative is Aloe Vera gel. This can also be used
with a soft liner. Place a small amount of the gel in the
denture once or twice a day. Taste is so so and it won't
hurt if you swallow some. Aloe Vera is a pretty good antifungal.
Complete dentures only can be
soaked in a homemade solution of 1 tsp Clorox, 2 tsps Calgon
(water softener NOT Calgonite detergent or bath oil), 6oz
water. After soaking, thoroughly remove all cleanser by
light brushing under tap water with a soft nylon toothbrush.
Do NOT place dentures with metal parts or soft
lining material in this solution, as it wt will
corrode/destroy the metal parts.
If a fungal infection
develops in your mouth occurs try:
Nystatin Vag. Cream, Apply an even lining
1-2x daily, for 10 days.
Also try using
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You may also leave them out during the day,
if you do place them in water to keep them moist so they will not dry out
Remove them when you use a mouth rinse
Massage your gums in the
morning and evening with a thumb or finger, or use a soft
Brush you gums twice a day to stimulate the
gums to keep them firm
Rinse your gums after each meal to decrease
irritation from bacteria .
Brushing your denture after each meal reduces staining, bad
breath and irritation. When cleaning your dentures place a clean
wash cloth in the sink and cover it with lukewarm water. Use
a denture brush, brush the denture or partial under the water to prevent the
splashing of food and plaque. The wash cloth may prevent the denture
from breaking if it is accidentally dropped. After you brush your
denture you can place them in a soaking solution overnight to keep them
moist and clean.
Keep a routine of cleaning so you will not forget
where you left them.
Scratched dentures will
harbor plaque and bacteria which causes bad odors.
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Oral balance moisturizing gel can be used to
keep tissues moist and can be placed on the denture/partial to increase moisture
of the gum tissue
If you wear a partial denture make sure to
clean the area around the clasps, as trapped food particles and bacteria may
cause these abutment teeth to be more susceptible to decay.
When you first notice any signs of discomfort
contact us at once. Remember to
wear your denture at least two hours before your appointment so we can
"see" where the "sore spots" are located in order to
make necessary adjustments. Trying to repair your denture yourself can lead
to bone loss and more costly problems.
You need to keep your regular periodic
exam in order for us to examine your gum tissues for signs of disease or
cancer. As you age, your mouth will
continue to change as the bone under the denture shrinks or recedes and
wears away. Lose
dentures make it hard
to eat and speak
and do not support the
face as well.
65-80% of denture
patients have stomatitis, C albicans, and Candida glabrata
microorganisms, thus dentures are a possible source of direct
extension yeast and bacterial infection to the
respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and directly to the
blood stream*. Mycostatin
oint (15gm)applied to inside of denture after cleaning and
to corners of mouth and misolex troches (disp 70) 1 tab in
mouth until gone 4-5Xday for 14 days.
Remember a new denture
should be made about every 5-7 years or when the dentures
cannot be used comfortably.
Valplast dentures can be
cleaned with Stain Away or Cleanit.
Cleaning Denture with Soft Temporary Lining
Soak your denture in a
denture cleaning product, but instead of using hot water,
use only lukewarm, almost cool water for mixing. The
high heat may damage the soft lining material.
Soak denture in the cleaning
solution for up to, but no longer than 30 minutes/day.
During the first several
days, use cotton balls to swab the liner. After this,
you may try using a soft bristled brush.
Hot food and heavy chewing is
not recommended for the first day. Also since the
lining is soft, small materials like seeds may become
embedded in the lining.
Do not allow the lining to
become dry. Keep your denture in water while it is out of
Please read the wear tips and
home care tips above.
*Comparison of the Effectiveness
of Several Denture Sanitizing Systems: A Clinical Study; Dr.
glass, Dr. Goodson, Dr. Bullard, Dr Conrad; Compendium
December 2001/Vol.22, No.12/ pgs. 1093-1106.
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