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If you have never worn dentures before, you might think that your days of brushing your teeth have come to an end. But, that is not the case. While it is true that your brushing regimen will change, caring for your full or partial set of dentures is just as important as cleaning your teeth.

Your dentures accumulate food particles during the day, just like your teeth would. Those particles can build up not only on the fronts of your dentures, but also between your dentures and your gums, or your upper palate. Fortunately, dentures are easy to clean. You should scrub them very gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush, over a sink full of water and a towel. That way, if you drop your dentures, there will be less of a chance they will break. Don’t use regular toothpaste on your dentures. It contains abrasives that will damage your dentures. Rather, use a hand soap, dish soap, or a toothpaste formulated for dentures. You should take your dentures out for a minimum of four hours a night, and it is not recommended that you sleep with them in. When you take them out, you should place them in a denture soaking solution. This will help to clean them, and keep them moist so they do not lose their shape. If you do drop them, don’t try to repair them yourself, since regular household adhesives may contain chemicals that are toxic to your system. Your dentist should be the one to repair your dental work.

If you have some teeth that need to be replaced, or space in your smile that need to be filled, our dentist, Dr. Keith Blackmon will be happy to see you! If you live in the Dothan, Alabama, area, you can call 334-792-5711 to make an appointment at Family Dental Care of Dothan.