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Can I Brush My Dentures While I’m Still Wearing Them?

May 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentondental @ 10:55 pm
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Dentures can be an excellent solution to extensive tooth loss, but it’s important to clean them properly so that they can look great, work properly, and last as long as possible. Many people may be tempted to think that it is enough to brush their dentures just like real teeth while they are still in their mouths. Here’s why this is not an adequate denture hygiene practice and why it’s essential to remove your dentures to clean them properly.

Can I Brush My Dentures While Still Wearing Them?

It is perfectly acceptable to brush your dentures while you’re still wearing them as long as you remember to use a soft-bristled brush and a gel toothpaste to avoid unsightly scratches as normal toothpaste is too abrasive and can damage the surface of the artificial teeth in your dentures. However, this is a practice for touching up your smile and freshening your breath in the middle of the day rather than a proper hygiene routine. If you never remove your dentures over a long period, harmful bacteria will breed between them and your gums and cause nasty oral infections.

How Should I Clean My Dentures?

Proper denture cleaning habits are the key to keeping your dentures in great shape for as long as possible and can save you much money in the long run since you won’t need to replace them as often. A suitable denture hygiene regimen includes the following:

  • Start by filling your sink with cool or lukewarm water and covering your countertop with folded towels. This will create a cushion in case you drop your appliance.
  • Brush each surface of your dentures with a soft-bristled denture brush and mild soap or an approved denture cleanser to eliminate food debris, plaque, and lingering denture adhesive.
  • Soak your dentures in water or an approved denture-soaking solution before you go to bed. This will keep them moist while your gums rest and your mouth cleans itself.
  • Thoroughly brush your tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth in the morning and at night to eliminate plaque and food residue.

Remember that hot water or harsh cleaning products can cause your dentures to warp, which can ruin their fit or render them completely unusable. By taking excellent care of your dentures, you can keep them working well and looking great for the longest possible time while preventing oral infections.

About the Author

Dr. Todd Balington earned his dental degree at the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and continues his education through extensive postgraduate coursework. He is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Texas Dental Association. His office in Denton, TX, offers general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in addition to denture services. To learn more about proper denture hygiene, contact his office online or dial (940) 383-3300.