How to look after your denture or bridge?

How do I clean a denture?

  • Clean the denture over a basin of water (sink) so that it does not break if you drop it.
  • Brush the denture inside and out every day. Use a soft-to-medium brush so you do not scratch the denture. Use your normal toothpaste, or soap and water. Then rinse the denture.
  • After brushing your denture, you can soak it in the disinfecting solution. Ask your dentist about the denture-soaking solutions. Rinse the denture before you put it back in your mouth.

How do I clean a bridge?

  • How you clean will depend on where the bridge is in the mouth. As well as brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at each end of the bridge, you need to keep the bridge clean underneath.

You might use:

  • Floss with a threader or a special floss with a stiff end which you can poke underneath the bridge and pull through.
  • Interdental brushes.
  • Water jets (water flossers).

What are the benefits?

  • By keeping a denture or bridge clean, you help keep your gums and teeth healthy and avoid bad breath and gum bleeding.
  • Good denture hygiene is important for preventing oral infections.