How to Properly Care for Your Dentures

Overall, denture care is something many people aren’t familiar with, and this article will explain the proper care you need to clean and maintain your dentures.

If you’re missing a few (or all) of your teeth, false teeth can help you smile again. However, it would help if you learned how to clean dentures effectively so that they will look their best and last for a long time.

Let’s learn more about proper denture care!

Denture Care & Cleaning Tips

Denture wearers realize that proper denture care is crucial, but they might not know where to turn for help.

Here are a few tips from the professional denturist at Shreve Denture Clinic to consider:

  1. Brush Your Dentures Daily

It’s best to brush your dentures daily like your regular teeth. However, one significant difference here is that you won’t use toothpaste! 

Most commercial toothpaste products can damage the dentures. Therefore, you will need a soft toothbrush designed for dentures and some water to clean all the surfaces.

After using the denture brush, rinse dentures thoroughly and consider using a denture-soaking solution overnight to remove any extra denture adhesive.

Likewise, you should be rinsing your dentures after every meal (simply water is fine). Though… throughout the night, you will want to be sure to use a soaking solution; this isn’t a substitute for proper brushing, either! You must brush them at least once a day to remove plaque!

  1. Treat Your Dentures Right with a Denture-soaking Solution

Putting a folded towel in the bathroom sink or filling it with water when you handle your dentures is best. Otherwise, you could break them if they fall to the ground or step on them.

When you’re not wearing them, let your dentures soak in plain water or a denture-cleaning solution to prevent them from drying out completely. 

Be careful about using cleaning solutions with a partial denture. The metal attachments could tarnish because of the denture cleanser. 

It would be best if you never soaked dentures in hot water because they could warp, causing your dentures to need a realignment

  1. Remove Complete or Partial Dentures Each Night (and Brush Your Natural Teeth)

Whether you have partial or complete dentures, you should remove them every night before you go to sleep. This will allow the gum tissue to rest and prepare for the next day. 

If you don’t let the dentures rest, you could develop mouth sores or gum disease. Likewise, you might experience loose dentures over time.

How to Clean Dentures Properly

Plaque can quickly form on your dentures as it does with natural teeth. If you don’t remove them each day, your dentures will look less bright or white. Plus, you should clean your dentures with a special denture brush and soak dentures overnight to avoid odors.

Here are the steps to take to clean your dentures:

  • Start by putting a towel in the sink or filling it with water to avoid dropping them. If the dentures break, you’d have to replace them, which costs money!
  • Rinse dentures entirely in warm water to remove loose food particles.
  • Use a special denture cleanser. Avoid conventional toothpaste, soap, and vinegar because they’re not designed for denture cleaning and might cause damage. Scratched dentures can harbor bacteria, which causes odor.
  • Moisten your denture brush (don’t use a soft-bristled toothbrush) to clean the surfaces gently. Don’t press too hard because it could damage the metal or plastic parts. Then, rinse in clean, warm water.
  • Next, you’ll want to brush your tongue, natural teeth, and gums with fluoride toothpaste. You may reinsert them if you’ve got a busy day ahead or put them in a soaking solution overnight while you sleep. Brushing inside your mouth will maintain your oral health now and in the future.
  • Use a mouthwash to rinse after brushing to provide a more refreshed feeling.

Removing Your Dentures Safely

Owning removable dentures can help you feel normal, allowing you to smile without unsightly gaps or gums. However, removing them from your mouth the right way is crucial. Here are some steps to take:

  1. Use mouthwash or swish with warm water to wet the entire mouth.
  2. Fill up a sink with warm water so that the dentures won’t break if they’re dropped.
  3. Remove the top denture by putting your thumb against the front teeth and pressing outward and upward toward the nose.
  4. Remove the lower denture by pulling on it slowly while using a rocking motion.

If you use less denture adhesive, you may find it easier to remove the dentures when the time comes. Therefore, it’s best to get the proper denture fit from your dentist to use less or no adhesive!

Also, it is important to remove excess adhesive from your jaw bone; after you remove your dentures, a simple warm paper towel will do. If there is too much denture adhesive buildup, you will ingest most of it over time.

Why You Should Brush Your Dentures

Though most people use denture cleansers, you should also be brushing them. This will help you maintain a healthy color for your denture. Rinsing is also crucial because it will remove plaque and bits of food. 

Once you’ve cleaned the dentures, brushing and rinsing them thoroughly, you should focus on the rest of your mouth. Don’t neglect your oral health simply because you have full or partial dentures.

Prolonging the Life of Your Dentures

Though cleaning is part of denture care, you should avoid leaving them on the counter because they could dry out. It’s often tempting to do this, but you don’t want to weaken dentures unnecessarily. Likewise, leaving them dry can cause them to lose their shape; when that happens, they won’t fit correctly and might lead to a poorly aligned bite. The only option is to try to repair them with a reline or replace them altogether!

Dry dentures also cause bacterial buildup. They’re left in the open air, so they’re exposed to pathogens. Once you put them in your mouth, you could get very sick! 

To prevent these issues, proper care is necessary. Make sure you’re soaking dentures in an appropriate cleaning solution and follow all the dentist’s denture care instructions.

Where to Get Dentures and Support

Whether you want to fix broken dentures… get new ones, or have old dentures refitted, it’s best to consult with a dental professional. Our team at Shreve Denture Clinic is excellent because they will assess all your needs and help you decide what’s suitable for your situation and budget.

If you have questions about keeping your gums healthy or getting false teeth, please call 519.322.5900 to schedule an appointment for your free consultation!

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Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born.

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Shelly Basden

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Shelly, our Office Manager, joined our team after graduating from the Medical Office Assisting program in 2022. She brings a tremendous amount of experience as she managed our local M&M Food Market for 22 years as well as holds a degree in Office Administration.

She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors, she keeps us all organized and is continually busy creating new and creative ways to improve our care for our patients.  She looks for ways through social media to inspire a welcome change to connect with our patients.

Shelly, who resides here in Leamington, is married to her long-time partner Joe and together they have four children and a feline companion, Noel.  Shelly enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in her backyard where her and her husband have created an outdoor oasis!

When asked what she loves most about working at Shreve Denture Clinic, Shelly stated that she appreciates that the denturists make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable visiting their office. Working at Shreve Denture Clinic has been life changing for her and she couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

Joanna Leong, R.D.T.

Laboratory Technician

Joanna started her career in dental technology at George Brown College. She found that the program combined her passion for arts and science, and still loves the work she does. She is the one person that you don’t usually see when you visit us here at Shreve Denture Clinic, but without her, you would never have the beautiful smile you deserve.

She’s been in the dental field for 23+ years, including owning her own lab and keeping up to date by attending many seminars throughout her career. We have had the pleasure of having Joanna on our team for the past two years.

Joanna is happily married to her husband, Carl and resides here in Leamington. She has a passion for baking, cooking and animals of any kind. Joanna is adored by her family kitten, Catrina and has a knack for building strong relationships with the neighborhood cats.

Joanna shows a lot of pride in her work and is extremely meticulous. She never lets one case go without paying attention to all the fine details. She works hard to ensure each patient that we treat is happy. When asked why she enjoys working here at Shreve Denture Clinic, Joanna states “I appreciate how Kristin and Claudia take their time with each patient to ensure each case is done properly, which allows me to complete my work to the high standards we strive for.

Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD


When Kristin was just a teenager contemplating her future, she wanted a career that would give her a challenge as well as the opportunity to work closely people. After attending high school in Chatham, Ontario Kristin decided to attend the Dental Assisting program at Fanshawe College. After receiving her certification from Fanshawe in 2003, Kristin then went on to specialize and attended the Denturism program at George Brown College, graduating in 2006.

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born. She has since expanded the practice and has hired three employees as well as an associate denturist. Kristin can also offer her patients expert advice for all their dental implant needs and is deeply passionate about bringing advanced yet affordable implant solutions to her patients. Between Kristin and her team, Shreve Denture Clinic now has a combined 85 years of dental experience.

Kristin and her husband Kris have been married for 9 years and they are proud parents of an adorable 1-year-old boy named Kerrigan and an energetic dog named Dexter. Kristin is an avid football fan and enjoys attending games and spending time travelling with her family.

Kristin strives to provide a positive experience for all of her patients and ensure they feel welcome and comfortable while in the dental chair. When asked what she loves most about working with her patients, she said “I love being able to give my patients back their confidence through their smile. It is such an amazing feeling when someone says that their life is better because of their dentures”.