If you are replacing a few teeth, or an entire row of teeth with dentures, you may think that you are off the hook when it comes to brushing your teeth. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. If you receive a set of dentures, you will still need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Your dentures will accumulate food particles over the course of a day, especially between your dentures and lower gums and upper palate.
Cleaning your dentures is something you should do at least once a day. You need to scrub them gently with a toothbrush with soft bristles, or with a toothbrush designed for dentures. Do not normal toothpaste, since it contains abrasives that can scratch and damage your dentures. Instead, use a denture toothpaste, or dish soap or hand soap. You should clean your dentures over a towel or a sink filled with water to lessen the chances that your dentures will break if you drop them. If you do break them do not try to repair them on your own since many household adhesives contain chemicals that can be toxic to your body.
You should take your dentures out for a minimum of four hours a day. Sleeping while wearing your dentures is not a good idea, and when you take them out, you should place them in a denture-soaking solution. Not only will this help to clean them, it will also keep them moist, which is necessary if they are to retain their shape.
If you are thinking about having some or all of your teeth replaced, you should talk to our dentist, Dr. Edford Clark about your options. If you live in the Prestonburg, Kentucky, area and would like to make an appointment at Edford L. Clark, DMD, call 606-886-4260 today.