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Do You Wear Dentures? Here Are Some Tips | Dentist Annapolis MD

Keeping up with taking care of your dentures can be a daunting task. But don’t worry, with a little extra effort you can keep your dentures squeaky clean. 

Here are five tips for keeping your dentures clean and in good shape: 

1. Thoroughly Rinse. 

Before you brush, make sure to rinse your dentures with water to ensure any food or any other small particles are all washed down the drain. Your dentures are fragile, so you must be extra careful when handling them. Do not rinse your dentures with hot or boiling water as it can damage them. 

2. Brush Your Dentures 

In addition to your actual teeth, your dentures also need to be brushed. You should carefully brush your dentures with a gentle toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. We advise you not to use whitening toothpaste or harsh cleaning materials on them. 

It is important to remember to never use cleaning solutions while your dentures are in your mouth. If you have any questions, be sure to talk to our dentist for advice about the right way to clean your dentures.

3. Don’t Neglect Your Actual Teeth 

Even with dentures, you must still take care of your natural teeth. Make sure to brush them with a soft toothbrush and be extra gentle when brushing your gums. The risks of developing an oral infection are greatly reduced when cleaning your gums. 

Talk to your dentist about using gauze if your regular toothbrush is too rough on your gums and be sure to see us for recommendations if you experience any gum pain. 

4. Cover Your Dentures 

Right before you go to bed, make sure that you remove your dentures and keep them in a covered container overnight in either a denture-soaking solution or water. This is so your dentures will retain their shape. 

5. Removing Your Dentures 

If you are having difficulties removing your dentures with adhesive, try swishing your mouth with warm water or mouthwash. Do not use any household cleaning solutions, tools, or a foreign object to remove your dentures. And pay extra attention to ensure that the grooves of your dentures are clean and adhesive free. 

If you take good care of your dentures, they will last longer and provide you with a beautiful smile. Be keen-eyed in keeping up with the cleanliness of your dentures. 

For more tips on keeping your dentures in good shape, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today. We are always glad to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns about your dentures.

Patton Smiles of Annapolis
Phone: (410) 295-1000
104 Forbes St., Suite 204
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Keeping Your Teeth Healthy While Traveling | Annapolis Dentist

Keeping up with your usual daily routine while traveling can be difficult for many. Finding the time to brush and floss properly can be difficult when there are a million other things on your mind. 

It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, these tips are sure to help you keep up with your oral health regimine – no matter how busy or distracted you are with your trip. 

Pack Accordingly 

Depending on how long you plan to be gone, make sure you pack enough toothpaste and floss to last your entire trip. If you have limited space, travel sized toothpaste and toothbrushes are a great option and will require less space in your suitcase. These options are a lot better than packing a bulky, full sized toothpaste along with your electric toothbrush. 

Protect Your Toothbrush 

With travel can come the introduction of different germs along the way. It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a hotel, or visiting family members at their house, as the surfaces you might place your toothbrush on could be questionably clean.

A great solution for this is to purchase a toothbrush cover that will protect the bristles of your toothbrush. This will help keep it from being exposed to any germs that may be on sinks or night stands when you’re not using it. 

Stay Hydrated 

Along with a vacation often comes the eating of new and exciting foods, and drinking fancy drinks. Nevertheless, eating and drinking rich foods and sugary beverages can damage your teeth if you’re not careful. 

How can you mitigate the risk? The answer is to drink water. Water is an excellent way to wash away bacteria and it will help neutralize the acids that can build up and weaken the enamel of your teeth. Water will also help to keep your teeth strong and healthy by stimulating the flow of saliva. 

Keep Good Habits 

If regularly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing is a part of your everyday routine (which it should be), there is no reason it shouldn’t be while you are traveling. Traveling may make it slightly more difficult to fit into your day, but by doing so you are putting you and your health first. 

Travel can be both fun and sometimes stressful. Whatever you do, do not forget to brush and floss. 

To schedule your next checkup, please contact our team.

Patton Smiles of Annapolis
Phone: (410) 295-1000
104 Forbes St., Suite 204
Annapolis, MD 21401

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104 Forbes St. Suite 204
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 295-1000

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Annapolis, Admiral Heights, West Annapolis, Loretta Heights, Eastport, Forest Villa & surrounding areas

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Monday: 7:00am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: By Appointment only

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