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You may think that once you have dentures, your days of brushing your teeth will be over. The truth is that the way you brush will change, but you will still need to brush. Although your dentures are not your natural teeth, they can still accumulate food debris and plaque that can cause bad breath and oral health problems.

You will need to take out your dentures and brush them twice a day. You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and scrub your dentures very gently. Don’t use regular toothpaste. It contains abrasives that can damage your dentures. Instead, use a denture paste, a mild dish or hand soap, or a solution of vinegar and water. Brush them over a towel or a sink filled with water. That way, if you drop them, there is less of a chance that they will break. You should not wear your dentures 24 hours a day, you should place them in a denture solution overnight, or if you will have them out for an extended period of time. Not only will this help clean them, but will also help them keep their shape since they need to remain moist. Don’t forget to brush your gums. Plaque can build up on your gums, and brushing will remove the plaque, and stimulate the flow of blood.

If you wear dentures in Medford, Oregon and have questions about how to take care of them, our dentist, Dr. Teresa Eplett would love to meet you! If you are thinking about getting dentures make plans now for an appointment at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. at 541-772-8280 today.