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So, you got some new dentures. Great choice! Dentures are a great way to fill in your smile.

Whether you have partial dentures or full dentures, your new oral hygiene routine can be an adjustment. Remember these tips as you care for your dentures.

First: Don’t allow your dentures to dry out. They need to be in your mouth, in a soaking cleansing solution, or in plain cool water at all times. Never use hot water, as this will cause the dentures to warp.

Second: Never clean your dentures with regular toothpaste. Toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can damage the dentures. Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush and plain water or specially designed denture cleaner to clean your dentures. This removes food particles and debris before soaking your dentures.

Third: Remove your dentures every day for cleaning. Most people do this at night, for convenience. Avoid sleeping with your dentures in your mouth. This can irritate gum tissue.

Fourth: Take care of your oral health! Just because you have dentures, doesn’t mean your natural oral hygiene should slip.  Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every night. This stimulates tissues and reduces plaque build-up. It also helps prevent halitosis.

Fifth: If dentures break, chip, or become loose, consult your dentist. Don’t try to fix them yourself. In trying to fix their dentures, people often break them beyond repair.

If accompanied by great oral hygiene care, dentures can be a lasting solution for your smile. If you have any problems with your dentures in the Temple Terrace, Florida area, call Today's Dentistry at 813-989-3269. Dr. Julio Maya and our team will be happy to help you!