Denture Care

Overnight, saliva decreases and bacterial counts increase. As a result, continuous denture wear may lead to denture stomatitis, redness, and irritation of the palatal tissues.

Poor hygiene of dentures also contributes to denture stomatitis. Plaque and calculus collect on dentures just as on natural teeth.

Dentures should be:

  • Removed at night to let oral tissue rest
  • Brushed with liquid hand soap, dishwashing liquid, or denture cleaning paste—avoid using regular toothpaste because it may damage the finish and make it more difficult to clean
  • Soaked overnight in a cup of water or denture cleaner
  • Examined by a dentist at regular visits


Felton D et al. Evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of complete dentures. A publication of the American College of Prosthodontists. JADA. 2011;142(2 suppl): 1s-20s.