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You may think that once you have your new dentures that your days of brushing will come to an end. But as our dentist, Dr. Carlos Rojas will tell you, that just isn’t the case. The way you brush may change, but you will still need to brush.

You should clean your dentures at least twice a day to remove the built-up food and plaque that has accumulated on them. When brushing your dentures, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching them, or a denture brush. You should also use a toothpaste formulated for dentures, a mild hand or dish soap or even a vinegar and water solution. The abrasives in regular toothpaste can damage your dentures. Scrub them gently over a towel or a sink full of water to minimize the chance of them breaking if you drop them.

If you break your dentures, don’t try to repair them on your own, since household glues can contain substances that are toxic to your body. You should take your dentures out when you go to sleep. Place them in a denture solution to help clean them, and to keep them moist so that they don’t lose their shape. Don’t forget to brush your gums, since plaque can build up on them, and brushing also stimulates the flow of blood.

If you have questions about cleaning your dentures, we have the answers. If you live in the Patterson, New Jersey, area, and would like to make an appointment at Simple Smiles Dentistry, call 973-977-8181 today. We will be happy to serve you!