Keeping Your Dentures Clean

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Congratulations on your new dentures! Replacing missing teeth will allow you to eat and speak effectively, and your new smile will be a boost to your self-esteem.

It’s true that your dentures are not your natural teeth, but they can still accumulate food debris, tartar and plaque, and you will need to clean them at least twice a day. To clean your dentures, you should gently scrub them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. The abrasives in regular toothpaste can damage your dentures, so use a denture paste, dish or hand soap, or even a mixture of vinegar and water. You should clean your dentures over a sink filled with water or a towel. That way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, there will be less of a chance that they will break. If you do break your dentures, don’t try to repair them yourself. The chemicals in household adhesives can be toxic to the human body. You should also soak your dentures overnight in a denture solution to help clean them and to keep them moist. Don’t forget to brush your gums, since that will stimulate the blood flow, and help remove any plaque or food particles.

Do you have questions about your dentures in Portland, Maine? If so, our dentists would love to see you! If you would like to make an appointment at Prosthodontics Associates, P.A., please call phone today. Drs. Best, Traina, Sarmiento, and Sahrbeck and our team will be happy to take care of you.