Like natural teeth, removable partial or full dentures require proper care to remove plaque, tartar build up, food debris, stains and avoid gum disease. It’s important to take good care of your dentures so they stay fresh and comfortable in your mouth. Adopting a daily cleaning routine is an essential part of keeping them looking their best and avoiding bad breath.
When cleaning your dentures, you should typically avoid abrasive cleaning materials (even baking soda) or bleach-containing products. These cleaners can damage your dentures and may corrode any metal attachments. Whitening toothpaste and other teeth whitening products will do little to affect discoloration of dentures, and even hot water could warp your dentures.
Denture toothpaste is a safe and effective way to freshen your dentures and keep them in top shape. Use warm water to wet your dentures, hold them firmly in your hand, and scrub thoroughly with the denture toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean and remove denture adhesive. Don’t use denture cleansers inside your mouth and rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back into your mouth.
We rounded up a list of our favorite denture toothpastes for optimal oral health. Following our review, we included a buying guide with things to consider before making your purchase. Always consult your dentist to be sure of correct cleaning for your specific dental and denture care needs.
The best toothpaste for dentures
Polident Dentu-Creme Triple Mint helps to fight 99.9% of germs that cause odor and gum irritation. The toothpaste is safe for metals, so it can be used on dentures and partials.
This product is specially formulated to clean dentures and partials outside of the mouth. Clean over a sink half-filled with water and a soft-bristled brush to prevent damage if dropped.
- Removes stains including tobacco
- Does not deteriorate the lining of the dentures
- After taste may not be pleasurable for some
- Suitable for use with partial dentures
- Suitable for use with metal parts
- Mint flavored
- Brand: Polident
- Quantity: 3 pack
Fresh ‘n Brite is one of the most affordable products in our review and a great option when you don’t have time to soak your dentures. This product is to be used outside the mouth, on clean dentures that are then well rinsed before being placed back inside the mouth. For optimal results, use twice daily, or as needed or after meals.
- Value, pack of 2
- ADA accepted
- Taste is off putting for some
- Mint gel
- Removes denture stains caused by coffee, tea, wine and tobacco
- Two layers for freshness and brightness
- Brand: Stim-U-Dent
- Quantity: Pack of 2 tubes
- Weight: 3.8-ounce tubes
Our Best Toothpaste For Dentures Guide
Most dentures are made from plastic, porcelain or a combination of both, and oral care for partial and full dentures is different from caring for natural teeth. Both partial and full dentures should be removed once a day for cleaning, usually before going to bed at night, or after eating. The ADA advises denture wearers to stand over a folded towel or a sink filled with water to avoid accidentally dropping and breaking the dentures.
Consider the following before purchasing denture toothpaste.
Talk To A Professional
Before making your purchase consider talking to a dental professional about the best options for your specific dental health needs. Consider the type of dentures, what they are made of and any additional cleaning products that you may need for oral hygiene, like denture cleaner, mouthwash, floss or fluoride toothpaste for your tongue and gums. Talking to a professional can help ease your mind about denture care, knowing that the products you choose to clean your dentures with, is both safe and effective.
Consider how often you will be using denture toothpaste, as well as how much is in each tube. While a larger quantity may be beneficial, consider also the effectiveness of each product and how much of it you will need to use each time you clean your dentures.