Taking care of dentures is extremely important for maintaining health and wellbeing especially for individuals who rely on these prosthetic devices. Aspiring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) need to have an understanding of denture care protocols in order to provide patient centered care.

Introduction to Denture Care

Dentures, whether they are full or partial, play a role in restoring a patients ability to speak, eat and smile with confidence. As CNAs your assistance in helping patients with their denture care directly contributes to their comfort, health and overall quality of life.

The Significance of Maintaining Denture Hygiene

Maintaining hygiene for dentures is vital in preventing infections, discomfort and other oral health issues. Dentures can harbor bacteria, plaque buildup and food particles; regular and careful cleaning is necessary.

Essential Supplies

Make sure you have the following supplies for denture care;

  • A brush specifically designed for dentures
  • A bristle toothbrush
  • A mild non abrasive cleanser specifically formulated for dentures
  • A designated container, for storing the dentures
  • A clean towel
  • Denture adhesive (if required)
  • Disposable gloves

Preparing for Denture Care

Before beginning the process of caring for dentures, create a workspace. Wear gloves to maintain infection control standards.

Removing Dentures

To safely remove dentures kindly assist the patient in taking them out of their mouth to prevent any damage.

Rinsing Dentures

Next instruct the patient to rinse their dentures under running water to effectively get rid of any debris or food particles.

Cleaning Dentures

Using either a denture brush or a toothbrush, with bristles gently clean all surfaces of the dentures. Remember not to use toothpaste as it can cause harm to the denture material.

Denture Cleanser

Afterward place the dentures in a denture cleanser solution following the manufacturer’s instructions. This step helps eliminate stains, bacteria and odors.

Brushing the Mouth

While the patient doesn’t have their dentures encourage them to use a toothbrush for cleaning their gums, tongue and remaining natural teeth. This promotes hygiene and stimulates blood circulation.

Rinsing Dentures Again

Once the dentures have soaked in the cleanser solution for an amount of time ensure that they are thoroughly rinsed under running water to ensure no residue from the cleanser is left behind.

Dry Dentures

Finally pat dry the dentures using a towel.

Applying Denture Adhesive (If Required)

If the patient uses denture adhesive, assist them in applying it according to the recommended dosage provided. It’s crucial to emphasize following these guidelines to avoid any discomfort.

Putting Dentures Back In:

Help the patient by assisting them in placing their dentures into their mouth. Make sure the dentures are correctly aligned and fit comfortably.

Final Steps 

Remove and dispose of your gloves. Wash your hands thoroughly. Clean up your workspace and any supplies that were used.

Educating Patients 

As CNAs we have responsibilities, beyond tasks; we also play a role in educating our patients. Teach patients about the importance of taking care of their dentures and show them the techniques for maintaining oral health.

Dos and Don’ts for Denture Care


  • Dentures after meals.
  • Store dentures in a container when not in use.
  • Follow the cleaning and care instructions provided by the denture manufacturer.


  • Dentures with water as it could change their shape.
  • Use. Toothpaste that may scratch the surface of the dentures.

Addressing Challenges

Take note of any difficulties or discomfort that patients may experience while wearing their dentures. Promptly report any concerns to healthcare professionals for assistance.

Denture Care for Elderly Patients

When caring for patients it is essential to consider their fragility and any cognitive challenges they may have.Approaching denture care, with patience and empathy is crucial to ensure that patients feel comfortable and well taken care of.

Being Culturally Sensitive

When discussing denture care it is important to be sensitive to differences in health practices. Respecting patients’ preferences while educating them about maintaining their dentures is essential.

Documenting Denture Care

Accurate documentation is a part of healthcare. It is important to record all activities related to denture care in charts to ensure continuity of care and provide information for the healthcare team.

Encouraging Independence

While providing assistance with denture care is necessary it is equally important to encourage patients’ active participation whenever possible. Promoting independence fosters a sense of dignity and empowerment.

To sum up

As CNAs, your commitment to ensuring denture cleanliness greatly affects the health and overall welfare of your patients. By adhering to these guidelines, for denture care and prioritizing your patients needs you are positively influencing their well being and quality of life. Your dedication does not embody the essence of healthcare. Also showcases the crucial role that skilled healthcare professionals play.