Cleaning Tips

The Best Ways to Clean Oral Appliances

Many people don’t know that toothpaste is too abrasive for removable oral appliances. Dentures, Mouth Guards, Snoring Devices, and Retainers are softer than teeth so regular toothpaste and a toothbrush will damage these appliances and actually make them less clean. Though the scratches are microscopic, there will be a visible difference in shine, finish and color. The porous material of the dental appliance will become an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.

 

Although the number of people with prosthetic teeth and removable dental devices is increasing, there is still little information available regarding the best methods to clean these appliances. This is important because research estimates that millions of people have infected appliances or suffer from oral discomfort and dry mouth.

 

Below are listed effective cleaning methods and oral hygiene tips based on the type of oral appliance. These methods have been developed and tested over time for success both in the lab and by every-day users. The unique products mentioned below are created specially to kill pathogens, remove denture stains, reduce discomfort and prevent dry mouth. Please visit your dentist regularly.

 

“Good cleaning habits from Day 1 can help prevent a lot of problems in the long term. I’ve seen this personally – I started my career as a denture technician and have spent over 35 years practicing cosmetic dentistry.”

Dr. Lorin Berland, founder of Dr. B Dental Solutions

 

 

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How to Clean Dentures, Partials*, Retainers, Mouth Guards, and Sleep Apnea Devices:

To Clean and Moisturize Mouth:

At least twice a day. Especially after meals.

  • Remove denture
  • Use an EXTRA-SOFT toothbrush and Cleanadent Paste to gently brush the gums and remove debris from the appliance outside of the mouth
  • Rinse

 

To Clean Appliance:

Once a day.

  • Soak Appliance with a packet of Cleanadent Crystals in a cup of luke-warm water. For best results, soak for up to 20 minutes in a Sonic Cleaner. Please visit our Sonic Cleaner Page for detailed instructions on how to use.
    • The Cleanadent Crystals cleansing solution will instantly kill pathogens like Candida, Strep and Staph, and will remove even the toughest denture stains in 20 minutes.
    • The Sonic Cleaner uses high-frequency sonic waves to provide a deep clean on a microscopic level.

NEVER use a regular toothbrush or regular toothpaste.

* Cleansers can damage partials with Ticonium Alloy

 

How to Clean Fixed Implant-Dentures (All-on-4’s):

At least twice a day. Especially after meals.

  1. Clean the gums under the permanent dentures with a Water Flosser
  2. Use an EXTRA-SOFT toothbrush and Cleanadent Paste to clean the denture implant and gums
  3. Rinse fixed dentures

NEVER use a regular toothbrush or regular toothpaste

 

 

How to Clean Removable Implant-Dentures (Snap-on’s):

To Clean and Moisturize Mouth:

Perform at least twice a day. Especially after meals.

  • Remove denture
  • Use an EXTRA-SOFT toothbrush and Cleanadent Paste to clean the gums – taking care to be especially gentle around the implants
  • You may also use an EXTRA-SOFT toothbrush and Cleanadent Paste to loosen debris on the denture without harm
  • Rinse

 

To Clean Denture:

Perform once a day.

  • Remove denture
  • Soak denture with a packet of Cleanadent Crystals in a Sonic Cleaner for 20 minutes
    • The Cleanadent Crystals cleansing solution instantly kills pathogens like Candida, Strep and Staph and removes tough stains.
    • The Sonic Cleaner uses high-frequency sonic waves to provide a deep clean on a microscopic level

NEVER use a regular toothbrush or regular toothpaste.

How to use Adhesadent Denture Adhesive:

  • Thoroughly brush away any remaining adhesive and/or food with Cleanadent Paste and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Apply 3-5 pea-sized drops and spread evenly. Keep adhesive away from edges. Use only the amount necessary, more than necessary will reduce hold. A few trials should indicate the proper amount and the best placement of strips for your individual needs.
  • Clean and rinse mouth with warm water before inserting dentures. Mouth must be clean and moist prior to placing dentures in mouth.
  • Press dentures in place and bite down gently but firmly for 20 seconds while cream sets.
  • When removing dentures, thoroughly brush denture and gums with Cleanadent™ Paste and rinse thoroughly with warm water. To prevent Oral Thrush, Stomatitis and Pneumonia, soak the denture with Cleanadent Crystals to fully kill pathogens and follow the instructions on our Cleaning Tips page.

 

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