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Dentures are a terrific method for replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth, while full dentures are used to replace an entire row of your teeth, or when necessary, all of the teeth in your smile. Dentures are relatively easy to care for. Since they can be removed cleaning them is a simple task.

Yes, it’s true- even though your dentures are not natural teeth, they still need to be cleaned at least once a day. As you eat, food debris can collect between your dentures and your gums or your upper palate. Your dentist may suggest that you use denture adhesive to help keep your dentures in place and to keep food particles out, but debris can still work its way to the insides of your dentures and will collect on the outsides.

To clean your dentures, use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush. Gently scrub your dentures with a mild dish soap or hand soap, or use a toothpaste formulated for dentures. You should clean your dentures over a towel or sink full of water. That way, if you drop your dentures, you will minimize the chances of breaking them.  If you do break your dentures, you should not try to repair them yourself. The glues and adhesives purchased in retail outlets contain chemicals that are toxic to the human body, and that might damage your dentures further. Your dentist can repair, or if necessary replace your dentures.

As a rule, you should not wear your dentures for 24 hours a day. You should take them out for at least four hours a day, and it is a good idea to take them out overnight. Dentures need to remain moist in order for them to retain their shape. Placing them in a soaking solution will keep them moist and will also help to clean them.

If you are considering getting dentures, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Neal Emad to find out if they are the right tooth-replacement method for you. If you would like to make an appointment at Nova Dental Care in Vienna, Virginia, call 703-938-7615 today.