You might be tempted to think that once you have dentures, your days of brushing your teeth are over. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. How you brush will change, but you will still have to practice good oral hygiene.
Just like your natural teeth, your dentures can accumulate food particles and plaque. You will need to clean them at least once a day. To clean your dentures, you will need a soft bristled toothbrush, or you can use a toothbrush designed for cleaning dentures. You should gently scrub them using hand or dish soap, a non-abrasive toothpaste, or one formulated for cleaning dentures. You should clean them over a sink full of water or a towel to minimize the chances of breaking them, if you accidentally drop them.
Dentures need to be kept moist so that they don’t lose their shape. You should soak them overnight or if you are going to take them out for an extended period of time. You can use a denture soaking solution to help clean them. While you have your toothbrush out, you should also brush your gums. Brushing your gums will remove the plaque and bacteria that have accumulated on them, and will stimulate the blood flow to keep them healthy.
If you have questions about taking care of your dentures, our dentist, Dr. Mark Hughen, will be happy to help. If you live in the Midland, Texas, area and would like to make an appointment at Primary Dental Clinic, call 432-570-7080 today.