Once you get your new dentures, it may be tempting to think that your brushing days are behind you. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth! While your dentures may not be your natural teeth, they will still pick up food debris during the day, and can be a breeding place for bacteria if they are not properly cleaned.
To brush your dentures, use hand soap, dish soap, or a toothpaste formulated for cleaning dentures. Do not use regular toothpaste since it contains abrasives that can damage your dentures. Gently scrub your dental work with a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush over a sink full of water or a towel. This will minimize the chances of breaking your dentures if you drop them. Brushing your gums is a good idea as it will stimulate the blood flow, and remove plaque. Since you should remove your dentures for at least four hours a day, and since it is a good idea not to wear them while you sleep, you should soak them in a denture solution. Soaking your dentures will not only clean them, but will keep them moist, which is needed for them to retain their shape. Denture tablets are available in grocery and drug stores. If you break your dentures, do not try to repair them on your own. Household adhesives contain chemicals that can be toxic to your body. Only your dentist should repair your dentures, and in many cases, that can be done in a single day.
If you are suffering from gaps in your smile, our dentist, Dr. Douglas A Deam will be happy to work with you to find a solution. If you live in the Coral Gables, Florida, area, you can make an appointment at Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA by calling 305-443-4713.