How do I keep my denture or bridge clean?

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Treat your denture or bridge like you would your natural teeth. Like natural teeth, dentures and bridges collect food, plaque and tartar. 

By keeping them clean you can help stop decay in any remaining teeth, help prevent gum disease around teeth and protect the general health of your mouth. 

Clean dentures are also good for your comfort and your appearance – dirty dentures can make your mouth swollen and sore (and they can look unpleasant). 

Cleaning a denture is easy as you can take it out of your mouth!  Cleaning underneath and all round a fixed bridge is harder. Our hygienists can show you how to do it. 

How do I look after a denture?

Clean the denture  over a basin of water so that it you do drop it, you won’t break it. 

Brush the denture inside and out every day – ideally twice a day. Use a soft to medium toothbrush to avoid scratching the denture. You can use your normal toothpaste. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the denture including the part that is in contact with your gum – this is particularly important if you use a denture fixative. Rinse the denture. 

Avoid bleach of any kind as it can weaken the denture and may discolour it. 

Dentures should be left out for at least four to six hours everyday day – ideally eight hours. This gives the tissues in your mouth chance to recover.  You might feel that this is a bit embarrassing but please leave them out if you can.  If not, you should make sure that your denture cleaning is meticulous.  

When you are not wearing it, keep it in a denture soaking solution.  These solutions are mild disinfectants and we stock a good brand.  You can also buy them from any chemist.  Ask us and we’ll happily recommend what’s best for you and your type of denture.

How do I clean a bridge?

How you clean your dental bridge will depend on its design and where it is in the mouth. 

As well as normal brushing with fluoride toothpaste you will need to floss at each end of the bridge and keep it clean underneath. 

Our hygienist can advise on the best way for you but ideas include :

Floss with a threader or a special floss with a stiff end that you can push underneath the bridge and pull through. 

Bottle brushes such as Tepe come in a range of sizes and shapes – we stock two or three brands and our hygienists can recommend the right type for you. 

Water jets can send a stream of water underneath the bridge – Waterpik is one brand you may have heard of. 

Why bother?

By keeping your denture or bridge clean, you help keep your mouth healthy and avoid bad breath. 

Denture wearers sometimes get an infection called oral thrush. People that leave their dentures in for 24hrs are particularly prone to this. Oral thrush is a yeast infection which causes an unpleasant taste, soreness, a burning sensation on the tongue and difficulty with swallowing. Although it can be treated with gels or mouth rinses, it is unpleasant and better avoided! 

Good denture hygiene is important for preventing oral thrush. 

Read our pages on Dentures and Dental Bridges to see how we can help you.

To see how we can help, call us on Cheltenham 01242 512444.