01 January 2019
Caring for your dentures

The Oral Health Foundation recently convened a Global Task Force for Care of Full Dentures and has now published four key steps to optimal denture care, summarised below:

  • daily cleaning of the dentures using mechanical action – brushing with a toothbrush or denture brush and an effective, non-abrasive denture cleanser (no dentifrice)
  • daily soaking in a denture-cleansing solution – this seems to deliver extra chemical breakdown of the remaining plaque and some level of disinfection of the denture; denture wearers should strictly follow the manufacturers’ guidelines
  • denture wearers should not keep their dentures in the mouth overnight, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in
  • all patients who wear removable dentures should be enrolled into a regular recall and maintenance programme with their dental professional.

Remember to ask your dentist or hygienist if you have any questions about denture care. For further details of the guidelines, visit www.dentalhealth.org/denturecareguidelines

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