1.Brush dentures twice daily
Brush your dentures twice a day with a stiff brush, using either denture cream or warm soapy water. Avoid brushing with toothpaste, as it is quite abrasive and will scratch dentures. At The Denture and Implant Clinic, we provide a good quality brush, along with some denture cream, to keep your dentures looking newer, longer.
2.Soak dentures once a week
It is best to soak your dentures about once a week in a mild cleaning agent. Follow instructions on the label, and never leave the dentures to soak overnight. Some of the cleaning products are quite strong, and will bleach the colour from dentures if left for long periods of time.
3.See your hygienist regularly for professional denture cleaning
It is not unusual for dentures to pick up staining after a while. It is helpful to visit your hygienist to have dentures polished, to keep them looking fresh and new.
4.Leave them out at night
Leave dentures out of your mouth at nighttime. Dentures can accumulate a lot of bacteria, so leaving them in while you sleep is a no-no. At night, we produce less saliva. If dentures are left in, bacteria can cause big issues for the mouth, gums, and teeth.
5.Avoid too much tea, coffee, curries, and smoking
Anything that can cause staining to natural teeth can potentially stain dentures. This includes the common culprits – tea, coffee, curries, and smoking. Its best to avoid these as much as possible!