If you wear dentures, it’s important to properly care for them. With the right cleaning routine, it’s easy to maintain clean and healthy dentures.

That said, you may want to ask us about implant dentures. They are even easier! Depending on the kind of replacement teeth you choose, your new teeth may need nothing more than brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. 

Our dentist will help you determine which denture is right for you. Schedule a consultation today. Call Lennon Center at 804-607-9348 in Mathews, VA or 804-455-8263 in Deltaville, VA.

Assuming you have regular removable dentures, here are some top tips for keeping your smile looking and feeling its best:

  • Rinse After Every Meal – Gently remove your dentures after eating and rinse them under warm running water. This washes away loose food particles and prevents staining. It’s especially important to rinse your dentures after consuming substances that can discolor them, like coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and tomato-based sauces.
  • Brush With a Denture Brush and Paste – Invest in a soft-bristled denture brush and non-abrasive denture cleaning paste. Brush your dentures at least once a day, paying extra attention to the crevices and hard-to-reach spots where plaque likes to build up. Don’t use regular toothpaste, as it can scratch the denture material. 
  • Give Your Gums a Rest – Research shows that dentures wearers who leave their teeth in overnight are at higher risk for pneumonia and other problems. So make sure you take them out at bedtime. This also gives your gums a break from the pressure. 
  • Soak in a Denture Cleaner – For a deeper clean, soak dentures for 15-20 minutes in a denture cleaning solution. Look for a non-abrasive cleaner that contains disinfecting agents. Soaking helps remove stubborn stains and kills bacteria that cause bad breath and irritation. Products to look for include Steradent, Efferdent, Polident, and Fixodent cleaners.
  • Don’t Forget the Denture Cup – Always keep your dentures in water or cleaning solution when you’re not wearing them. Letting them dry out can cause them to warp or become brittle. A covered denture cup prevents loss and keeps dentures clean.
  • See Your Dentist Regularly – Even with diligent at-home care, dentures need professional cleanings and adjustments from your dentist every 6-12 months. We’ll remove stubborn tartar, smooth out any rough spots, tighten loose parts, and check for underlying oral health issues.

Proper denture hygiene not only keeps your smile attractive, but also promotes good oral health. We want you to have healthy dentures! Call today to schedule a cleaning and checkup: 804-607-9348 for our Mathews location or 804-455-8263 for Deltaville. Or schedule online (Mathews) or schedule online (Deltaville).