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Sep
27

Keeping Your Dentures Clean

Posted in Dentures

Keeping your dentures clean is just as important as keeping your natural teeth clean. Bacteria buildup on your denture or partial denture can cause bad breath, a foul taste, and even infections inside of your mouth. One of the most common mistakes people make is not caring for their denture properly, causing their oral health to be compromised. Here are a few steps to lengthening the life of your prosthesis and keeping your smile healthy. 

1. Use a different brush to clean your dentures.

If you have existing teeth that you’re still brushing, or you’re using a soft toothbrush to clean your gum tissue and tongue at the beginning and end of each day, make sure you’re using a separate brush. A stiffer bristled brush may be used to keep your denture clean, but any clasps could cause the bristles to roughen up to the point where they’re too abrasive for your teeth and gums. 

2. Immerse them all night with a cleansing tablet.

Keeping your dentures soaked overnight along with a denture cleansing solution or product will help loosen stains and bacterial buildup that deposit themselves across the prosthesis. Brush the denture thoroughly upon removing it from the solution, and rinse it clean before placing it back in your mouth. 

3. Bring your dentures in for a cleaning.

Your teeth aren’t the only things that need to be cleaned. Your dentist will clean your dentures at your check-up visits to remove tartar and stain. Even though they aren’t “real” teeth, dentures can get buildup too. Having them cleaned professionally will freshen your breath and help them look better when you smile.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

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