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Why Do You Need to Brush Dentures, Don't They Just Soak?

Posted on 10/10/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
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One common misconception about dentures is that you can clean them simply by popping them out of your mouth and putting them in water overnight.

Although it is true that you should remove them each night and place them in water, you should not make the mistake of thinking that the water alone will suffice to keep the dentures clean.

Plaque Does Not Soak Away

To understand why it is that you need to brush dentures, you need to understand what plaque is and how it works. As you probably know, plaque forms on your teeth throughout the day. Typically, you remove it by brushing and flossing.

What you may not realize is that plaque is actually somewhat sticky, and does not come off of a surface simply by moving water over it. Instead, it must be mechanically removed-such as with the bristles of a toothbrush, or with a thread of dental floss.

With this in mind, you may be able to see why you need to brush your dentures. Although your dentures are not actual teeth, they serve the role of natural teeth. Which means they are exposed to the same things that your natural teeth are exposed to-including plaque.

This means that, in order to make sure that the plaque is removed, you need to brush your dentures before putting them in water to soak. This will keep them looking clean longer, and will help to reduce other complications from plaque such as halitosis.

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We know that adjusting to your dentures can be a challenge. We want you to know that we are here for you if you have any questions. Give us a call, or drop by the office, or ask us when you come for your next regularly-scheduled cleaning. We look forward to helping you!

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