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What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?


Posted on 2/10/2020 by Front Desk
What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?When you get dentures, you may think that you no longer need to brush or floss since you don't have natural teeth any longer. Your dentures may also soak overnight in a cleaning solution, so why would you need to brush them?

There's actually a good reason for brushing your dentures, and it's the same as brushing your teeth—you need to clean the bacteria and other substances off of them. Soaking them in a cleaning solution will help do this, but it's not the same as brushing.

Brushing Keeps Your Dentures Looking Good

Brushing your dentures also helps prevent them from getting stained. This means they will continue to look great, giving you that bright white smile you love. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or soda, you may stain your dentures just like you would stain natural teeth.

Know How to Brush Correctly

However, you do need to know how to correctly brush your dentures. It's not the same as brushing your teeth. First, you can remove your dentures to brush them. Second, you should never use toothpaste because it's so abrasive. It can actually scratch your dentures and, over time, lead to some pretty bad damage.

You also need to make certain that you only use a soft-bristle brush that was designed specifically to clean dentures. Toothbrushes with hard bristles can damage your dentures or wear them down. When brushing, be sure you clean all of the parts of the dentures, but don't brush too hard on any plastic or metal parts that could bend.

Be Careful
If you drop your dentures, you could break them. Always be careful when cleaning them after you've removed them from your mouth. Hold them over a folded towel or fill up your sink and clean them over the water. This way, they will be cushioned if you drop them.

Want to know more about cleaning your dentures? Give us a call and we will gladly answer any questions.
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