Traditional to All On 4: How to Clean Your Dentures

Traditional to All On 4: How to Clean Your Dentures

Dentures are an excellent way to restore full, beautiful smiles. Whether you have traditional dentures or have upgraded to All on 4, it’s important you know how to care for your dental prosthetic. At Desert Valley, our patients often have questions about proper denture care. Our guide breaks down care by denture type for easy reference.

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While denture cleaning kits are available, all dentures can be cleaned with cool water, toothpaste and an extra-soft toothbrush. Make sure you choose a toothpaste that’s gentle and minimally abrasive. Avoid types that contain microbeads, whitening agents and other extras that will damage your dentures. Opt for a “plain Jane” toothpaste and use a light touch when brushing.

Don’t Forget the Rest of Your Mouth

Your gums and any natural teeth you have shouldn’t be ignored. Using a different toothbrush than you use on your dentures, brush and floss your natural teeth like you normally would. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash, and brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth and your gums with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Brushing your gums is particularly important. It stimulates blood flow and helps prevent bone loss.

Be Wary of Fit Changes

All mouths change over time. Remaining teeth shift and our jaw degrades as we age. This can lead to a poor denture fit. Poorly fitted dentures can cause issues like pain, sores, burning sensations, shifting remaining teeth and even accelerated bone loss. Sudden fit issues can also be an early warning sign of gum disease. If you suspect you have poor denture fit, schedule an appointment with your dentist or oral surgeon immediately. Never try to adjust your denture fit yourself. Only a dentist can give you the right fit and avoid breaking your denture.

Traditional Dentures

Both partial and full traditional dentures should be removed and cleaned every night. To reduce the risk of dropping and breaking them, clean your dentures over a towel or a sink filled with water. Leave them out for six to eight hours while you sleep to let your mouth tissues recover from denture wear. Never let your denture dry out. Instead, soak them to help remove bacteria and stains. Your dentist or oral surgeon will tell you what type of liquid to soak them in overnight.

Denture adhesive is designed to easily rinse away. With your denture removed, swish and spit mouthwash or warm water several times to soften and remove the adhesive in your mouth. Use a soft toothbrush and warm water to brush away any remaining adhesive. Any adhesive stuck to your denture should buff off with a washcloth. For the healthiest, firmest and most comfortable fit, clean your dentures and gums every time you remove them.

Permanent Dentures

Permanent dentures are designed to be removed only by your dentist or oral surgeon during maintenance visits. In between maintenance visits, your permanent denture should be brushed and flossed with a Waterpik flosser.

A Waterpik is also a useful tool for sweeping food out from underneath your denture and other hard-to-reach places. Some permanent denture types are easier to clean beneath than others. If you’re still considering permanent dentures and haven’t scheduled your procedure yet, make sure you speak with your oral surgeon about the maintenance pros and cons of each type.

Removable and All on 4 Dentures

On-4s and other removable, implant-supported dentures have similar cleaning needs. Use a brush and gentle toothpaste to brush them and a Waterpik to floss them. They can be left on or off to clean. Leaving them in to brush them can prevent wear and tear on the screws that hold the dentures in place. However, if you develop tartar build up quickly, it may be best to take them out.

At least once a year, it’s important to visit your oral surgeon for deep cleaning and exam. We may ask you to come in more often if we notice heavy tartar buildup. During your exam, we’ll check your on-4 implants, the fit of your denture and the structure of your denture. We’ll also take x-rays to check for bone loss and other concerns.

Like all dentures, All on 4s may need to be repaired from time to time. The exact style of “teeth” you choose will contribute to your long-term maintenance needs. Even with perfect maintenance, studies show that acrylic denture teeth may need to be replaced every five years. Porcelain dentures may last longer. On-4s may also need their implant screws replaced.

At Desert Valley Oral Surgery, we want to help all of our patients keep beautiful dentures and keep maintenance costs down. Whether we put in your All on 4 dental implants or you have a partial denture from another surgery, we’re at your service. Contact us today to schedule your denture maintenance appointment.

7 Responses to "Traditional to All On 4: How to Clean Your Dentures"
  • April 29, 2020
    Sabrina Addams

    It’s good to know that partial and traditional dentures need to be taken out each night for 6-8 hours. My grandma is needing to find a denture care service to help her get some to manage her teeth loss. I’ll let her know these tips for how to take care of them once she gets dentures.

  • May 27, 2020
    rachel frampton

    My mother has been always been insecure about her missing teeth; that’s why she’s been wanting to have dental dentures. I’m glad you shared this; we’ll make sure to buy a toothpaste that is gentle and minimally abrasive. Of course, I’d keep in mind to remind my mother that she shouldn’t forget to brush and floss her natural teeth, so possible germs build-up will be avoided.

  • January 26, 2021
    Rebecca Gardner

    Thanks for explaining that all dentures need occasional repair even if they’re perfectly taken care of. My mom may need to get full dentures soon since she’s lost a lot of teeth due to decay over the recent months. I’m glad I found your article and am more informed about dentures so I can help her take proper care of them moving forward.

  • July 24, 2021

    Hey, you have shared very nice information.
    In my opinion, Whenever possible, make certain to eliminate and appropriately clean your dentures following every meal. Run your dentures under warm water or tenderly brush them to loosen and eliminate any food particles.

  • July 28, 2021

    You have mentioned very valuable points here.
    In my opinion, Remember to take your false teeth out each day to clean them. Allow them to soak prior to brushing them with dental replacement cleaner and a delicate fiber toothbrush.

  • August 2, 2021
    beverly minyard

    I like that you mentioned that just a regular toothpaste and a soft toothbrush will be enough to clean dentures. My grandma just got dentures and I want to make a list of how to take care of them to put in her bathroom. Her memory is really bad so having it written down will be a big help, so thank you for the article!

  • October 11, 2021
    Claire Masters

    My grandma is looking into getting dentures since losing most of her teeth last year. I didn’t know that our mouths can change positions so it’s important to have ones that are nicely gifted. I hope my grandma can make sure hers is measures accurately.

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