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If you have lost most of your natural teeth, dentures can give back your smile. However, dentures need to be taken care of. If you are not careful, you can break them or cause other damages to them. Here are some things that can help you protect them, especially when you are trying to clean them.

Your dentures are made of fragile materials, so they can easily break when dropped. Be very careful when you take them out for cleaning.

To safeguard the dentures while you clean, you can place a towel on your counter. At the very least, you should have something soft to gently catch them if they get dropped. Another possibility is to fill your sink with water and hold the dentures over the water.

Some toothbrushes, toothpastes, and other cleaning materials can have negative effects. Hard bristled toothbrushes can be too harsh on your dentures. Abrasive cleaning materials, such as whitening toothpastes, can have a similar effect.

Also, you should steer clear of anything that contains bleach. Bleach can weaken the dentures’ integrity, and even change their color. If you have dentures that have metal parts, you should avoid products with chlorine. Chlorine can tarnish and corrode some metals.

Lastly, you should avoid putting the dentures in hot water. The heat can warp the dentures.

Holding to these suggestions should help you preserve your dentures. Granted, they will wear over time, but you can get the most out of them by protecting them.

Should your dentures ever get ruined, or if you would like to get dentures, come visit Lincoln Park Dental Associates in Chicago, Illinois. Our dentist, Dr. Theodore Gehrig, is happy to help you. Call us at 773-348-7008 to set up an appointment.