Taking Care of Your Dentures

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Are you looking a good way to care for your dentures? They are a marvelous device that can give you a new lease on life when you have suffered from tooth loss. Dentures today can be made from synthetic materials like plastic, porcelain or even a combination of the two. Regardless of what they were made from, their lifespan could depend on how well you care for them.

Dentures are designed to look like natural teeth, but they can require similar yet different care. Toothbrushes with hard bristles can scratch and ultimately damage your dentures, and many toothpastes can be too abrasive to be used on them. You could clean them with a special denture brush, but often a soft-bristled brush can also do the job safely.

When you’re cleaning your dentures, our dentist recommends that you stand over a sink of water or a folded towel whenever you clean them in case they accidentally fall. Because your dentures are made from such delicate materials, a fall could cause them to chip, fracture or break. Dentures still need to be cleaned and brushed (like regular teeth) each day to remove plaque, bacteria and to help stop stains from taking hold. Before brushing, you can rinse off any loose food particles from your new teeth.

When not in use, your dentures must be kept moist. You can keep them in a glass of water, or Dr. Mark DeVuyst may recommend a soaking solution for you to use. If dentures dry out, they could potentially lose their appropriate shape.

To find out more about caring for your dentures, call Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC today at 586-416-1625. We are thrilled to help with your dental health care needs in Clinton Township, Michigan.