Many items will stain your dentures, including coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauces, curries, medications and your own saliva. Daily denture cleaning is critical in order to prevent plaque and tartar build-up, food stains, bad breath, mouth infections and redness or irritation to your gums.
Remove your dentures, rinse with water and brush thoroughly after meals. Use a soft brush and liquid dish or hand soap – never use toothpaste as it is too abrasive and may scratch the denture teeth. Don’t forget to use a separate toothbrush and toothpaste to clean any natural teeth, tongue and gum surfaces.
Remove your dentures overnight and place in your denture cup with denture cleaner or mouthwash. Never use bleach to clean or soak your denture, as it can weaken the structure of the denture and discolour the acrylic. Make certain that you read the instructions for your denture cleaner, and that you are using the correct substance for your type of dentures.