You may think that because you have full or partial dentures, your days of brushing have come to an end, or that you don’t have to brush quite like you did before. In truth, your dentures require daily cleaning and care. Food debris and bacteria will accumulate on your dentures during the day, and can collect between your dentures and your gums or your upper palate.
To clean your dentures, you should use a toothbrush with soft bristles or a denture brush. You want to avoid scratching or damaging the material. Regular toothpaste contains abrasives which can damage your dentures, so you should use a toothpaste that has been formulated for cleaning dentures. Many people choose to use a mild dish soap or even a hand soap. Gently scrub your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water. This will minimize the chances that your dentures will break if you drop them. Brushing your gums will help stimulate the blood flow.
At the very least, you should remove your dentures for four hours a day. It is not a good idea to sleep while wearing your dentures. But, your dentures need to remain moist in order to retain their shape. You should place your dentures in a soaking solution to keep them moist and clean. Denture tablets are available in grocery and drug stores.
If you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, or if you have space in your smile, dentures may work very well for you. If you live in the Rocklin, California, area and would like to make an appointment to see our prosthodontist, Dr. Craig Wada, call 916-630-9048 today.