Practice Tips #54: Proper Denture Care

Unfortunately, despite your best efforts some patients become edentulous.  After undertaking the time and effort to create a functional appliance, you want to be sure your patient has the necessary information to care for their appliance properly to get the longest useful life out of it.

This month, we’re posting a copy of the patient instructions that come with our denture care kits. These instructions tell patients how to properly care for their appliance and keep it clean.


Your dentures are fragile, handle them with care. While handling the denture, stand over a folded towel or hold them over a sink filled with water so if they are dropped, they will not be damaged.

Brush and rinse your dentures daily. A soft bristle brush designed for cleaning dentures is recommended. Hard bristle brushes can damage the plastic or bend metal parts. Hand soap, mild dish soap, and specifically designed denture cleaners are recommended. An ultrasonic cleaner may also be used.

When not worn, keep your dentures moist so that they do not dry out and lose their shape. You may keep them immersed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or water. Do not use hot water, as this can cause the denture to warp. If your denture has metal parts that may tarnish, check with your dentist on proper storage methods.

NEVER attempt to adjust or repair your dentures, as this may cause permanent damage to the denture. In the event that the denture breaks, cracks, chips, or a tooth comes loose, contact your dentist. Most repairs can be made the same day.

You can download a pdf version of these instructions on our web site or use the "Print Friendly" button below to easily print this article. Feel free to print it out to give to your patients.

Our denture care kits not only include these instructions, but also a denture case, cleaning brush, and cleaning tablets for you to give to your patients with their new appliance. With our kits, you can be assured your patients will have the tools and information to properly care for their new appliance.