Denture Care

A tooth brush in front of dentures

Advice and tips on caring for your dentures

  • Only dental professionals are qualified to evaluate and diagnose your oral health. It is important to see your dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis, even if you no longer have your natural teeth. 
  • Partial and full dentures may need adjustments from time to time. It is important to see your dentist for adjustments to avoid developing sore spots and ensure that you can bite and chew comfortably. 
  • Dentures can build plaque and tartar just like natural teeth. It is important to brush the inside and outside of your appliance(s) everyday using a large, extra soft nylon toothbrush specifically made for dentures. 
  • Over the counter toothpastes can be too abrasive and can scratch the surface of your denture. Be sure to only use denture creams when cleaning your prosthesis. 
  • Dentures warp if placed in hot water. Always clean, rinse and soak your denture in cold water. 
  • Inspect your denture regularly for worn teeth.
  • Worn and stained dentures can not only make you look older, but can also cause your dentures to function poorly. Routine checkups with your dentist or dental hygienist can help detect these problems before they progress too far. 
  • Discuss all your current medications with your doctor and dental professional. Side effects from certain medications can alter the fit or comfort of your denture. 
  • If your denture feels loose, you should have it checked immediately by your dentist. A loose denture can create friction and pressure on the supporting gum tissue and bone. 
  • Take your dentures out at night when you sleep to give your soft tissues a break. 
  • When you’re not wearing your dentures, soak them in cold water to prevent them from drying out. 
  • Most dental insurance policies provide coverage for new dentures every 5 years. A pre-determination can be sent to your insurance to check your eligibility of coverage for a new denture.