If you decide to restore the missing teeth in your smile with dentures, you may be tempted to think that your days of brushing are over. Actually, that is not the case. The way you brush will change but your dentures need to be cleaned at least once day, since they can accumulate food debris and bacteria. Plaque can build up on your gums, and they should be brushed to stimulate their blood flow and to keep them healthy.
Fortunately, your dentures can be removed so that they can be cleaned. You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles or a denture brush. Warm water, dish soap or hand soap can be used to clean your dentures, or you can use a toothpaste formulated to clean your dentures. Regular toothpaste can scratch and damage your dentures. You should gently scrub your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water. Doing so will lessen the chances of them breaking if you drop them.
You should remove your dentures for at least four hours a day, and it is not recommended that you sleep with them in. Soaking them in a solution made from denture tablets will help to clean them and keep them moist. If your dentures dry out, they can lose their shape. If you do break your dentures, do not use household adhesives to make repairs, since those adhesives may contain toxic chemicals. Instead, take your dentures to your dentist for repairs.
If you are thinking about replacing your missing teeth with dentures, our dentist, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe would love to see you for an exam and a consultation. If you live in the Ventura, California, area and would like to make an appointment at Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry call 805-654-1174 today.