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If you have just received your first set of full or partial dentures, there are some things that you need to know. Yes, your dentures are not natural teeth, and they are not subject to tooth decay. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take care of them. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned and maintained in order to do their job. Here are some tips to keep your dentures clean and in good working order.

First, you need to clean your dentures every night. Bacteria and biofilm can build up on dentures just like on regular teeth. Food debris can accumulate on and under your dentures, leading to bad breath. Some people choose to use dish soap or hand soap to clean their dentures, while others may use a toothpaste designed for cleaning dentures. You can use a specially-designed brush for cleaning your dentures, although a soft-bristled toothbrush will also work. When you clean your dentures, make sure you do so over a towel or a sink full of water. That will lessen the chance of your dentures breaking if you drop them.

Your dentures need to be kept moist of they are to hold their shape. When you go to bed at night, or if you need to take your dentures out, place them in a soaking solution.

The shape of your mouth will change over time, but your dentures will not. If your dentures do not fit as well as they have in the past, you need to make an appointment to have them adjusted, or to have a new set made. If your dentures do break, you should not try to fix them on your own. Over-the-counter adhesives can contain substances that are dangerous to your body.

If you are considering a tooth-restoration procedure, our dentist, Dr. John Lee will be happy to give you an exam and spend some time with you discussing your options. For an appointment at John Lee, DDS in Fresno, California, give us a call at 559-439-9621. We look forward to helping you build a new smile.