​Denture Talk: Can you use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures?

This is a common question that many people new to owning dentures ask: can they be brushed like regular teeth? The short answer is no, but why not? Aren’t they the same and made to be as close to human teeth as possible?

The Difference With Dentures

First, you have to remember that dentures are not crowns. Made of a less sturdy material, dentures are a more inexpensive option that many patients opt for either in the short or long term. Crowns are synthetic teeth that are anchored into the jawbone and don’t have to be removed, allowing you to treat them like normal teeth.

Second, you have to consider toothpaste and how it works. While it might feel as though it is just a fresh smelling way to remove grime, there is more to it than that. Toothpaste is quite grainy, offering something coarse to buffer away debris and clean teeth. This grainy material is too abrasive for dentures and will lead to permanent damage before long. It strips away each layer, leaving them weaker and discolored.

Where Brushing Fits In

Don’t get too excited, you aren’t off the hook when it comes to brushing. You still need to brush twice a day, just not on your dentures. All patients should get a soft bristled toothbrush with an antibacterial toothpaste and brush their gums in the morning before placing dentures and at night when removing them.

This will help keep the gums healthy and protect them from bacteria and plaque that can build up inside of the gums. This leads to diseases such as periodontal disease and gingivitis, both of which can be exacerbated when dentures are sealed to dirty gums.

Make sure you are gentle with your brushing and that you spend adequate time cleansing each open area where each tooth used to be. A mouthwash is also important, as it gets rid of nasty bacteria that brushing can miss.

How To Clean Dentures

Denture cleaning is extremely easy. You purchase a cleanser and denture brush (different than a soft toothbrush) and you clean them twice a day. At the end of the night, place them in a denture cleanser, which are usually tablets that dissolve in water.

That’s it! Soak them overnight, wash them in the morning with the appropriate tools, brush your gums, rinse your mouth with mouthwash and place your dentures. At night, brush them again then soak them with fresh cleanser.

Find out more about caring for your dentures at Billings Denture Clinic.

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