Can You Damage a Denture by Using a Traditional Toothbrush?
Posted on 2/29/2020 by Dr. Castellon
Cleaning dentures is an important step in taking care of them. Even though dentures are made of different materials than teeth, they still need to be cleaned just like them.
The bacteria that reside in our mouth is just as dangerous to dentures as it is to our teeth. Bacteria can actually be more harmful to your mouth while wearing dentures, because dentures have more nooks and crannies where bacteria can grow.
If you have owned dentures for a while, you may have found yourself asking, “Do I really need this special denture brush to clean my dentures? How different can it be than a normal toothbrush?” Having a denture brush will actually make the cleaning process a lot more effective than a normal toothbrush.
Normal toothbrushes lack the ability to thoroughly clean dentures, because they can't reach into small spaces like a denture brush.
Why Use a Denture Brush over a Traditional Brush
While a traditional brush may not physically harm your dentures itself, it can do harm in other ways. As mentioned before, keeping dentures clean is very important for your oral health, however, it is also important for the denture's longevity. Since a normal toothbrush can't reach the same places as a denture brush, bacteria will be left after cleaning.
These bacteria can actually harm the denture and make it deteriorate over a long enough time. A denture brush provides bristles that are sturdier than a traditional brush as well, so it can do a better job at cleaning overall. Denture brushes can be harder because dentures are not sensitive like our gums, which can bleed from rough brushes.
If you would like more information on how to clean your dentures feel free to call us at our office. We can explain to you how to properly clean your dentures so that they will last for a long time.