February 5, 2022
Now that you have dentures to replace your missing teeth, you’re sure to enjoy your restored bite and smile! With the right care, they should be able to last you a long time. Since they serve as your new teeth, you might be wondering: “Can they stay on while I brush?” Keep reading to discover why you should take them off and the best way for cleaning dentures.
Can I Clean My Dentures While I Have Them On?
The most important part of keeping dentures in good condition is to ensure they stay clean. This will mainly require you to brush them as regularly as your real teeth, but there’s an additional factor: your dentures are removable. Since they work by fitting onto your gumline, this means you also have to keep the bottom of your dentures as clean as possible.
While you can wear them during your regular cleaning, it’s still important that you remove your dentures to clean the underside. Bacteria can hide on and in between your teeth, but they can also find their way underneath your prosthetic. Most of the time, you can save time and energy if you simply remove your dentures from your mouth to give them a thorough scrubbing.
The Best Ways to Clean Dentures
Now that you know taking off your dentures will give you the ability to clean all sides, you might also try several other key tips for keeping them strong and safe:
- While cleaning your dentures, hold them over a sink half-filled with water or a soft towel just in case you drop them. This will prevent them from breaking.
- You’ll also want to clean all parts of your mouth (gums, tongue, and the roof) in the morning and evening so it stays fresh and clean of bacteria and debris.
- Should your dentures begin accumulating tartar, you can always soak them in a dilution of vinegar water: one-part vinegar to four-parts water. This will help to break down the tartar.
- Every night before bed, take your dentures out and keep them in a glass of water or denture solution. You won’t want them to be dry when you put them back on, which can lead to gum irritation or bacteria growth.
With these key tips in mind, you can enjoy many years with a restored smile. And if you have any problems along the way, your dentist is only a call away!
About the Practice
At MayFair Dental Associates, you’ll find a team offering top-quality and comfortable dental care. With advanced equipment, they provide a collection of treatments with a variety of restorative options, including dentures. If you want to learn more about keeping your dentures in great condition, visit their website or call them at (248) 851-3030.
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