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If you are using dentures to replace some or all of your teeth, you may think that you don’t need to brush the way you used to. That’s partly true. Your oral hygiene regimen will change, but you won’t be getting a break from brushing.

Your dentures need to be cleaned at least once a day. Your dentures will accumulate food particles, just as your teeth do. The food will build up on the front of your dentures, and in between your dentures and your gums and your upper palate. As a result, you need to brush them at least once a day. However, you need to make sure that you use a toothbrush with soft- bristles or denture brush, and a mild dish or hand soap, or a toothpaste made for dentures. A toothbrush with hard bristles and regular toothpaste can damage your dentures.

You should clean your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water to minimize the chances of breaking them if you drop them. You should soak them overnight in a denture-soaking solution. This will help to clean them, and to keep them moist so that they can retain their shape. If you do break your dentures, have them repaired or if necessary replaced, by your dentist. You should not try to repair or adjust them on your own. Even if you have a full set of dentures, you should still brush your gums. Doing so will stimulate the blood flow, and reduce the plaque that accumulates on your gums.

If you would like to improve the health and the appearance of your smile with a set of dentures, or you are interested in finding out what tooth replacement system will work best for you, our dentist, Dr. George Yzaguirre will be happy to work with you. If you live in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area and would like to schedule an appointment at George Yzaguirre DDS PA call 361-431-3113 today. We’re excited to help you to have the smile of your dreams!