Just because you have dentures and can remove some, or all of your teeth whenever you need to, that doesn’t mean that you can stop taking care of them. The truth is that your dentures need to be cleaned just as much your natural teeth.
Ideally, you should remove and rinse your dentures after each meal or snack. Rinsing your dentures will remove the food debris. When you take your dentures out, make sure that you clean your mouth with your toothbrush or gauze. While your teeth need to be brushed twice a day, you should brush your dentures at least once per day. Use a toothpaste formulated for dentures, since other toothpastes may contain abrasives that can damage your dentures. Whitening toothpastes in particular can be very damaging to your dentures. Some cleaning products contain bleach, and those should be avoided since bleach can change the color of your dentures as well as weaken them.
Always soak your dentures overnight since most dentures need to remain moist to maintain their shape. You can use a soaking solution, but be sure to rinse them before putting them back into your mouth.
If you have questions about caring for your dentures, contact Dr. Samuel Lambrecht at Orangeburg Dental Associates in Orangeburg, South Carolina, at 803-534-1020. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you with any issues with your dentures.