How Do I Clean Dentures? 

Published date:
June 8, 2022
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When a lot of your natural teeth are gone due to age, an accident, or dental trauma, dentures are the best alternative. These devices provide a natural appearance and aid in the restoration of real tooth function. The maintenance is critical for extending the life of these dental prostheses.

Dentures can last up to 10 years if properly cared for. However, do remember that some stains and discoloration will occur regardless of how well a person takes care of their dentures. Here are five simple ways to keep your dentures clean:

a senior woman cleaning her removable dentures

Effective Tips to Clean Dentures


One of the most common dental tips is using salt for denture care. The best thing about this is that almost everyone has this ingredient in their kitchen. Salt can be used to clean dentures in two ways.

One approach is to dip a wet toothbrush in salt and gently clean your dentures with it. The second approach entails soaking the denture in a solution of one tablespoon of salt to one quart of water for a couple of hours, maybe five to six hours. After using either approach, thoroughly clean it with cold water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This solution has been used as a cleaning agent. It is another whitening chemical easily available in shops. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean both dentures and natural teeth safely and effectively. When it comes to eradicating stains and discoloration, hydrogen peroxide is likewise very effective.

To do this cleaning method, remove your dentures and clean them with hydrogen peroxide directly on the surfaces. Brush the artificial teeth gently with a toothbrush. After just one application of hydrogen peroxide, you will see visible results. Just be careful while cleaning with hydrogen peroxide because it can be abrasive.

Lemon Juice  

Lemon juice is acidic and contains bleaching and stain-removal qualities. Into a cup of water, juice a lemon. Soak the dentures for 30 to 40 minutes in the solution, then remove and rinse them with cold water.

A little caveat though, avoid soaking the dentures for more than 40 minutes, since the corrosive acids in lemon juice can harm your artificial teeth.

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Get More Tips on How to Clean Dentures

Traditional dentures require a thorough cleaning regimen. Every night, these devices should be removed and cleaned with a denture cleaning and toothbrush. If you have more questions on how to wash away stains and food particles off your dentures, simply contact our team of dental professionals.

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Meet The Doctor

Dr. Pirzada's dental career started at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with an accelerated dual undergraduate and dental program. He then pursued further training with an oral surgery internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, focusing on complex odontogenic infections and dental surgeries. His post-graduate education continued with an oral surgery fellowship at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

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