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How to clean acrylic dentures

Cleaning acrylic dentures

It is very important to treat your dentures like you would treat your natural teeth. You should keep them as clean as possible to prevent inflamed gums, bacterial/fungal infection and to improve the longevity of any teeth you may have. Additional benefits include avoiding bad breath and staining of the acrylic.  Here is the advice we give to patients on how to clean acrylic dentures effectively.

Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. We would advise placing a towel on the counter or in the sink, or ensure there is water in the sink, so the dentures won’t break if you drop them.

It is very important to brush your dentures twice a day, as you would your natural teeth. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, make sure you clean all the grooves.

Soak dentures overnight. Most types of dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions.

We advise daily Curoprox BDC-products to help you to look after your dentures and to safely remove all deposits with daily and weekly use, without attacking the acrylic on our high-quality dentures. Curaprox BDC provides natural care by containing only citric acid, eucalyptus oil and sea salt.

Curoprox weekly is a very gentle but very effective cleaner that can be used on all denture materials, including chrome dentures.  We do not recommend harsh bleaching agents on cobalt chrome dentures.

Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.

Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth (palate). If used, remove any remaining denture adhesive from your gums.

We would advise avoiding the following products to clean your dentures:

  • Abrasive cleaning materials. Avoid stiff-bristled brushes, strong cleansers and harsh toothpaste, as these are too abrasive and can damage your dentures.
  • Whitening toothpastes. Toothpastes advertised as whitening pastes often contain peroxide, which does little to change the colour of denture teeth.
  • Bleach-containing products. Do not use any bleaching products because these can weaken dentures and change their colour. Do not soak dentures with metal attachments in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal.
  • Hot water. Avoid hot or boiling water that could warp your dentures.