Dentures are not natural teeth. Because of that, you may be tempted to let your dental care fall by the wayside. However, your dentures can accumulate food particles and bacteria just like natural teeth.
Dentures need to be cleaned with dish soap or hand soap or a toothpaste that has been formulated for use on dentures. A soft bristled toothbrush will do the job, or you can buy a toothbrush designed to clean dentures. Clean your dentures over a sink full of water or a towel. Doing so will minimize the chances that your dentures will break if you drop them.
If your dentures do break, do not try to repair them on your own. Your dentist can properly repair them using an non-toxic adhesive.
Dentures can lose their shape if they are not kept moist, so place them in a soaking solution at night, or if you are going to take them out for a while.
You should also brush your gums and rinse with a mouthwash. Plaque and bacteria can build up there as well, and that bacteria and residue from your food can easily be transferred from your dentures to your gums. Remember to brush your tongue every night to remove the bacteria that has accumulated there during the day. You will need to continue to see your dentist so that he can make sure that your gums are healthy and that your dentures are in good shape.
If you are thinking about getting dentures to replace several teeth, or all of your teeth, our dentist, Dr. Jorge Ferreira will be happy to give you an exam and a consultation. If you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment and live in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area, call Sonrisa Dental at 505-455-2176 for an appointment today.