Cleaning Dentures

Proper methods for cleaning dentures will make them feel and look great!

To reduce levels of biofilm and potentially harmful bacteria and fungi, patients who wear dentures should:

-- Soak and brush the dentures daily with an effective, nonabrasive denture cleanser.
-- Only use denture cleansers OUTSIDE of the mouth.
-- Always rinse the dentures thoroughly after using any denture cleansing solution, before placing them back in your mouth.
-- Never place dentures in boiling water.
-- Do not soak dentures in solutions containing sodium hypochlorite bleach for more than 10 minutes.
-- Store dentures immersed in water when they are not in the mouth, to avoid warping.

Brush? or Soak?

By now you know why it is important to clean your denture. But you really just want to know what to use and how to do it.

Some studies indicate that using an effervescent cleaner is a superior way to clean a denture. If you use a brush to clean the denture be aware that the abrasiveness of denture cleansing pastes can cause roughness on the surface of the denture. This can allow more bacteria to adhere to the denture.

Of the immersion products available, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) may be the most effective, but only when used properly (10 minutes maximum of soaking). Studies have shown that it can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a major pathogen in the immunocompromised patient.

Another way to clean dentures is with an Ultrasonic device. These work by producing ultrasonic sound waves (20-120 kilohertz) which create microscopic bubbles that grow and implode. Materials adhering to the denture are loosened and removed by this action. Your dentist will have one of these in their office.

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