How to Remove Tartar From Dentures


Caring for your dentures with daily cleaning is important to keep them white, bright and germ free. Daily maintenance is not difficult, although removing built up tartar can take a bit of extra effort. Tartar is caused by saliva and it can build up on dentures as easily as it does on natural teeth. It is typically found on the upper molars and along the backs of the lower front teeth, according to Cosmetic Denture Clinic Inc., an Oklahoma clinic, because saliva ducts are located there. Removing tartar from your dentures will help keep your gums and mouth healthy and fresh.

How to Remove Tartar From Dentures
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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Toothbrush denture brush
  • Denture cleaning paste or cream
  • Vinegar
  • Overnight denture soak
Step 1

Remove your dentures to clean them. Fill the sink half full of warm water to avoid breakage in case you drop your dentures. Brush your teeth after meals at least twice a day. Use a regular toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste to avoid abrasive scrubbing, which will wear away at your dentures and can cause scratches where bacteria can embed.

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Step 2

Brush your gums and tongue to remove bacteria in your mouth and stimulate your gums.

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Step 3

Rinse your dentures thoroughly to remove all food particles from underneath the plate. Replace them in your mouth.

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Step 4

Soak your dentures in a solution of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 warm water to help loosen plaque and tarter build up. After soaking, the tartar will soften and can then be removed by brushing. You should soak your dentures nightly, using vinegar and water when built up tartar is present.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Have your dentures professionally cleaned once a year. You can have this done at your annual fitting.
  • You can use a denture brush to remove stuck on deposits.
  • You can use a nail brush instead of a denture brush for easier handling.
  • Avoid using bleach based denture cleaners. They will decrease the life of your dentures by wearing them away.


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