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If you have had a procedure to replace or restore a tooth, you may think that you do not need to brush or floss as you used to do. The fact of the matter is that even if you have work done, you need to continue to brush and floss and take care of your mouth.

If you wear dentures, you should clean them every night with warm water. You can use dish soap or hand soap, or a toothpaste formulated for dentures. A soft-bristled toothbrush, or a dental brush should be used to gently clean your dentures. Be sure to brush and floss your other teeth and your gums. Brushing your gums will stimulate the flow of blood, and remove bacteria and plaque.

Veneers and implants, and crowns need to be brushed and flossed just as your other teeth. They can be damaged by grinding your teeth, chewing on ice or pens, and in the case of crowns and and veneers, the parts of your teeth that have not been covered by your dental work are still susceptible to tooth decay. Your gums need to stay healthy in order to continue to support your implants, and damage to your crowns can lead to the failure of a dental bridge. Bridges also need to be brushed and flossed along with your other teeth.

No matter what dental work you have had done to restore or improve your smile, proper dental hygiene should remain a priority throughout your life. You should brush twice a day for two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste and floss before bed. You will also need to be diligent about seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and examinations.

To make an appointment to see Dr. John Lee at John Lee, DDS in Fresno, California, call 559-439-9621 today.