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If you are getting your first set if dentures, you may think that your days of brushing are over. But, nothing could be further from the truth! You still need to brush your dentures, and you will always need a healthy mouth.

To clean your dentures, you should gently scrub them with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or a toothbrush made for dentures. Many people use a mild dish soap or a hand soap, although you can use a toothpaste formulated for dentures. Don’t use regular toothpaste, since it may contain abrasives that can damage your dentures. Brush them over a towel or a sink full of water, to minimize the chances that they will break if you drop them. You should also brush your gums to remove plaque and bacteria, and to stimulate the flow of blood. Your dentures need to be kept moist, or they could lose their shape.

When you take them out at the end of the day or for an extended period of time, place them in a soaking solution to keep them moist and to further clean them. You need to give your mouth and gums a rest, and you should remove your dentures for at least four hours a day. If you do break your dentures, don’t try to repair them yourself! Household glues and adhesives often contain chemicals that are harmful to the human body. Take your broken dentures to your dentist, who can repair or replace them.

If you are living with an incomplete smile, why not find out if dentures are right for you? If you live in the city, state, area and would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Bo Macdonald you can call 310-954-3925. We look forward to seeing you soon!