How to clean dentures?

As with teeth, dentures are prone to getting plaque, tartar and stains. To keep your mouth looking and feeling its best, a good daily denture cleaning routine is recommended. Whilst using denture cleanser tablets helps provide a deep clean, brushing helps remove plaque and other debris; both helping to ensure you have a healthy mouth and denture.

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Three steps to clean dentures

Just like brushing your natural teeth, the process is simple. Read our three simple steps for cleaning dentures to help maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Soak

Drop a denture cleansing tablet into warm water – not hot as this may cause damage to your dentures – and soak the dentures for the amount of time specified on the product packaging. There should be enough water to completely cover the denture. Brushing your dentures helps remove plaque, however, soaking them in solution helps remove other debris that the bristles cannot reach.

Step 2: Brush

Using a soft-bristle toothbrush and the cleanser tablet solution, gently brush your dentures to clean off any remaining debris. Specialist denture brushes are available which are suitable to use on dentures daily. Try to avoid using regular toothpaste, as its abrasive effects could cause tiny scratches on the denture surface, which could then cause bacteria to build up. Brushing all surfaces of your dentures with a specialist paste will leave you feeling confident you’re doing all you can when it comes to good oral hygiene and taking great care of your dentures.

Step 3: Leave dentures out overnight

Once soaked and brushed, rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water.

Knowing exactly how to clean your dentures and having a daily cleaning routine should help ensure your full and partial dentures are kept as clean as possible, leaving you feeling confident to get on with enjoying life.

Adapted from, accessed
July 2020