Q: Do I really need to brush my dentures?
A: For those who are missing teeth, full or partial dentures (teeth replacements) can make it easier to eat, speak, and smile. Below are tips I recommend to my denture-wearing patients for maintaining dentures and a healthy mouth.
- Remove dentures for at least four of every 24 hours. This is important for keeping gums healthy and preventing infection.
- Brush dentures at least twice a day, just as you would brush your natural teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush and cleaner made especially for dentures—do not use toothpaste, as it is too abrasive for dentures. Look for products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them in fresh water to keep them from warping.
- When you remove your dentures and before you put them back in, brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth.
- Continue to visit your dentist regularly and be sure to bring your dentures with you.
- Over time, it may be necessary to adjust dentures to ensure they properly fit your naturally changing mouth. Poorly fitting dentures can cause sores or infections.
Nicole Kooiker, DDS
Dentist at Heart of the City Health Center