Welcome to the world of dentures. We’ve been expecting you. Regardless of the reason that brought you here, let’s make sure you take proper care of those dentures.

1. Listen to your dentist.

Speak with your dentist about the denture cleaner they recommend. Always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the box or bottle. P.S.: Try not to gargle, swallow or chew denture cleaners. Trust us.

2. No toothpaste.

It probably goes against everything you hold true, but unlike your real teeth, toothpaste might actually harm your dentures. The products in toothpaste that clean the enamel on your teeth are too harsh for your dentures.

3. Use hand soap or dishwashing liquid.

Believe it or not, these are acceptable to clean your dentures. Just be cognizant that most other household cleaners are also too harsh on your dentures. When in doubt, speak with your dentist.

4. Brush, brush, brush.

Just like your regular teeth, it’s important to brush your dentures every day. Food can deposit and plaque can build up. It’s always best to use a denture brush since these are designed specifically for dentures, with soft bristles (avoid hard bristles) arranged to fit the shape of dentures.

5. Small partials.

If your partial dentures are small, have a safeguard in place in case you drop them down the sink. Closing the sink drain or cleaning them over a towel on the counter are good habits to practice.

6. Rinse, apply, brush.

Before anything else, rinse your dentures to remove any food. Then apply the denture cleaner with a wet brush. Try to avoid bending or damaging the plastic attachments, as this will require an unwanted visit to the dentist.

7. Keep moist.

When sleeping, or not wearing your dentures for an extended period of time, be sure to place them in either a soaking solution or some water. This will help keep their shape.

8. Rinse and repeat.

Always rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth, whether it’s after brushing or after an evening soak.