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Q: How careful must a person be when cleaning dentures?

Posted December 10, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Dentures are very fragile. Dropping one just a few inches into a sink, say, can be an expensive slip. When you’re handling your dentures, stand over a basin full of water or over a plump, folded towel. When they’re not in your mouth, keep them out of the reach of children and pets. Dogs find them irresistible.

Just like natural teeth, dentures have to be kept clean. That will keep them from getting stained and will contribute to the overall health of your mouth. Using a brush that is designed for denture cleaning, wash away all food particles. When buying a denture-cleaning product, make sure it carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That seal means the product has been approved by independent testing for both its safety and effectiveness.

Dentures can lose their shape if they dry out, so when you’re not wearing them, keep them in an approved denture-cleansing soak or in water. Don’t put them in hot water, however, because that can warp them. Talk with your dentist about other steps in the proper care of your dentures.

Information provided by Norwalk Family Dentistry, 1101 Chatham Ave., 256-9000.


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