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Dentures are a great choice to fill in your smile! Whether you have partial dentures or full dentures, you will need make some simple adjustments to your oral hygiene routine. Here are some things to remember as you care for your mouth with your new dentures.

First, some don’ts:

Don’t let your dentures dry out. They need to be in your mouth, or in a soaking cleansing solution, or in plain (cool) water at all times. Never put them in hot or boiling water, as that causes the dentures to warp.

Don’t clean your dentures with standard toothpaste. Regular toothpaste has abrasive ingredients that can damage the dentures
Don’t sleep with your dentures in your mouth. This can irritate your gum tissue.

Now, some do’s:

Do remove your dentures every day to clean them; this is typically done at night, for convenience.
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Do use a soft-bristled toothbrush and plain water (or specially designed denture cleaner) to clean your dentures of food particles and debris. Do this every night before soaking them.

Do take care of your mouth!. Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every night, to stimulate tissues and reduce plaque build-up. This also helps prevent bad breath.

Do consult your dentist if dentures break, chip, become loose, or crack. Don’t try to fix them yourself; this often results in damage that cannot be repaired.

As you take care of them, dentures can be a lasting solution for your oral health. If you have any problems with your dentures in the Ridgecrest, California area, call The Dentist House at 760-446-7343. Dr. Josef Mamaliger and our team will be happy to help you!