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If you are getting dentures, you may think that your days of brushing your teeth have come to an end. But the fact is that while the way you clean your teeth will in fact change, you will still need to brush.

You may find that brushing your dentures easier than brushing your teeth, since they are removable. To clean your dentures, use a toothbrush with soft bristles, or a toothbrush designed for cleaning dentures. Regular toothpaste contains abrasives that can damage your dentures, so you should use a toothpaste formulated for cleaning dentures. Some people even use mild hand soap or dish soap. Gently scrub your dentures over a sink full of water or a towel to minimize the chances that they will break if you drop them. Sleeping while wearing your dentures is not recommended, and you should take the out for at least four hours a day. When you aren’t wearing them, place them in a denture soaking solution. This will help clean your dentures, and keep them moist. If your dentures dry out, they can lose their shape. While you are brushing, don’t forget to clean your gums. Brushing your gums will remove the plaque and food particles from them, and will stimulate the blood flow. You should continue to see your dentist every six months for your regular appointments. Your dentist will check the health of your gums, and the condition of your dentures.

If you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, our dentist, Dr. Terence Lau will be happy to see you! If you live in the Northridge, California, area, you can call 818-435-6928 to make an appointment at Mid-Valley Dental Care. Let’s get started on your new smile!