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If you’ve already had your natural set of teeth replaced with a sturdy set of dentures, does tradition oral hygiene still apply? You still need to care regularly for your dentures, but not the same way you would your normal teeth. There are specialized care techniques to keep dentures clean, white, comfortable, and natural looking.

In order for you to keep your dentures clean and intact, we’ve compiled a list of tips for proper denture care:

Soak dentures overnight. Place the dentures in a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. You can talk to our dentists, Drs. Kinney, Musser, and Kenney to figure out the best method for you.

Rinse dentures. Before you put them back in your mouth, you can rinse them, ideally with a soaking solution.

Clean Mouth. Every morning and night, take out your dentures and use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your gums and tongue.

Handle dentures carefully. Your dentures are valuable. You don’t want to damage the plastic or clasps.

Brush your dentures daily. Use nonabrasive denture cleaner to thoroughly remove food and plaque. Make sure to clean through any small crevices.

Book regular dental checkups. Dr. Mark Miller will tell you how often you should come in for a thorough cleaning and inspection. To schedule an appointment with Miller & Simarro Dental Care in Antioch, California, call 925-754-6020.

It is your responsibility to keep your dentures healthy. If you are diligent, your dentures can last the rest of your life.