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If Dr. Joseph Opack, Dr. Stanton or Dr. David Opack recommended dentures for your smile to replace missing teeth, it is important to know how best to take care of them. At St. Paul Family Dentistry, whether you have custom-crafted complete dentures or partial dentures, smile care is just as vital as with your natural pearly whites.

Denture care requires diligence so that they serve you well and look their best. Today we are sharing some denture care tips with you to maintain your beautiful smile:


Always take off your dentures after eating to rinse food particles and any oral debris. It helps to lay down a hand towel to keep them safe from being dropped, or put water in the sink. Be gentle with your dentures when handling them so that nothing is bent or damaged.

Cleaning Teeth and Gums

If you have natural teeth you will want to brush them with a soft-bristled brush. You can clean the soft tissues in the mouth with this toothbrush or gauze. Be sure to clean all areas of your mouth, including the roof, tongue, and cheeks.

Cleaning Dentures

To clean your dentures, brush them with a soft toothbrush once a day and soak them in a gentle denture cleaner that is nonabrasive. You want to rid them of food, plaque, and any oral debris. Brush the grooves to remove any denture adhesive.

Soaking Dentures

When your dentures are not in your mouth you will want to keep them moist. Soak them overnight in warm or cold—never hot—water or even a mild solution specifically for dentures. Always follow the instructions provided by the packaging when using solutions. Before putting dentures which have soaked overnight in your mouth, rinse them thoroughly to remove any denture solution residue.


Always check with our dentists if you have any concerns about your dentures and be sure to keep current with regularly scheduled checkups. Our dentists can ensure that your dentures fit well to avoid slipping or discomfort while wearing them. They can make sure your dentures aren’t loose as this can irritate your gums and other oral tissue.

To schedule a visit with our team in St. Paul, Minnesota please call 651.488.5522. Our dentists are here to help you maintain your beautiful, confident smile!