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If you wear dentures, you obviously don’t have to worry about getting cavities, but just because they are not natural teeth, that does not mean that you don’t have to keep them clean. Dentures collect food debris and bacteria just like normal teeth. You have an advantage when it comes to cleaning your dentures. Since they can be removed, there are no concerns about being able to reach every part of them. However, there is a right way to clean them.

Don’t use regular toothpaste on your dentures. Toothpaste often contains abrasives that can damage your dentures. You can use a special cleaner formulated for dentures and many people use dish soap or hand soap in warm water. Do not use hot water as that can cause your dentures to warp. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a brush designed for dentures to gently clean them. Clean your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water to lessen the chances that your dentures will break if you drop them.

When you go to bed, place your dentures in a soaking solution. This will not only clean them but will also keep them moist, since dry dentures can lost their shape.

If you are considering getting dentures or another option for restoring your teeth, our dentist, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence will be happy to give you an exam and discuss your options with you. If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and would like to make an appointment at Eli Lawrence, DDS, call 312-236-9895 today.