The Best Way to Clean Removable Dentures

Phoenix DentistYou’ll want to clean your dentures regularly to get the most use out of them. Clean dentures keep your whole mouth healthy.  Here are four easy steps recommended by the Mayo Clinic to clean your dentures.

1. Remove your dentures and rinse them in warm running water. This removes debris stuck to the denture material.

2. Rinse your mouth with water, then brush your teeth, palate, gums, and tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste.

3. Scrub your dentures using a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleanser. Do not brush with a stiff brush, or you will scratch and damage the denture material. In a pinch, you can clean your dentures with dishwashing soap (not dishwasher detergent) because it helps rinse off the bacteria that cause plaque. And yes, your dentures will accumulate plaque.

4. Rinse your dentures carefully if you have used a cleaner designed for dentures. You do not want to swallow any of the liquid your dentures have been soaking in. The material meant to dissolve plaque can be harmful and make you sick.

Livestrong.com suggests that you can clean your dentures with peroxide. The method they suggest is to put ½ cup three percent hydrogen peroxide into a glass. Add ½ cup water and swirl together. Put your dentures into the glass and let them soak for 30 minutes.  Then, remove, brush them with a denture brush, rinse and they are ready to wear.

“Dentures need to be left in water when not in your mouth,” says Dr. Ford from her Phoenix dental office. “Leaving them in water keeps the acrylic from drying and warping,” she continues.

Dentures should also be cleaned before being put in water for the night. That assures a clean denture for quick placement the next morning. It also keeps bacteria from continuing to grow overnight.

Another tip: Run water into the sink before removing your dentures. If you accidentally drop them, the water will break the fall, and they won’t strike the hard surface of the sink, which can damage dentures.


  1. Silas Knight says

    I am glad that dentures exist, to help give people their smiles back. However, cleaning them can be a puzzle. So, I appreciate the tips here on how to properly care for dentures, and the emphasis you put on being careful with them.

Speak Your Mind