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Denture Care and Maintenance

Key Points

  • Placing a denture in water (or a denture cleanser solution) when it is not being worn helps the denture retain its shape, remain pliable and keeps it from drying out.
  • Dentures should never be placed in hot or boiling water, which could cause them to warp.
  • Denture adhesives are not a remedy for ill-fitting dentures, which may need to be relined or replaced to prevent oral sores from developing.
  • A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by submitting scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs evaluates according to objective requirements.
  • Introduction
  • General Denture Care/Maintenance
  • Denture Cleansers
  • Denture Adhesives
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Topic Last Updated: September 14, 2021

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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