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Dentures are not your natural teeth, and with that in mind, you may think that your days of brushing are over. However, the truth is that your dentures need to be cleaned on a regular basis, since plaque and food debris can accumulate on them, especially between your dentures and your gums and upper palate.

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush. Gently scrub your dentures with hand soap or dish soap to keep them clean. You can also use a toothpaste formulated to clean your dentures, but regular toothpaste may contain abrasives that can damage your dentures. When you clean your dentures, do so over a towel or a sink. That way, if you drop them, there is less of a chance that they will break. Don’t forget to brush your gums. Brushing your gums will stimulate the blood flow, and will remove plaque and bacteria.

Dentures can lose their shape if they are not kept moist. When you go to bed at night, or if you are going to have them out for an extended period of time, you should place them in a soaking solution.

The shape of your mouth will change over time. Because of that, the pressure on your dentures may change and they may break. Dentures can also wear out, or you may drop them and break them. When that happens, don’t reach for the glue. Household adhesives can contain chemicals that are dangerous for your body. If you do break your dentures, your dentist can repair or replace them.

If you are interested in getting dentures, or if you have another dental need, our dentist, Dr. Chris Freed will be happy to see you. If you live in the Canton, South Dakota area, you can call 605-987-2721 to make an appointment at Canton Dental Clinic.