If you are new to dentures, you might be under the impression that your days of brushing your teeth have come to an end. The truth of the matter is that while your method of brushing will change, you will still need to take care of your dentures. Although they are not your natural teeth, your dentures still accumulate food particles and bacteria throughout the day. Food debris can collect on the fronts of your dentures, and between your dentures and your gums and your upper palate.
To clean your dentures, you should use a toothbrush with soft bristles or a one made for cleaning dentures. Gently scrub your dentures using a mild hand soap or dish soap, or a toothpaste formulated for cleaning dentures. Regular toothpastes often contain abrasives that can damage the material of your dentures. You will want to clean your dentures over a sink full of water or a towel, so that if you drop your dentures, there is less of a chance that they will break. You should also brush your gums, since they can collect plaque, and brushing will also stimulate the blood flow.
Dentures need to remain moist in order for them to retain their shape. Additionally, you should remove your dentures for at least four hours a day and it is not advisable to sleep while wearing your dentures. Placing them in a soaking solution before you go to bed will not only keep them moist, but help to sterilize them.
If you need to fill in the gaps in your smile, then it’s time you talked with our dentist, Dr. Tayo Ogunsola at Abba Aesthetic Smiles & Orthodontics LLC in Frisco, Texas. To schedule an appointment call 214-436-5400, ad let’s get you on the road to a stunning smile!