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If you have missing teeth, it is a problem that you will not want to ignore. If you have spaces in your smile, you run the risk of your other teeth drifting out of alignment. Once that occurs, your teeth can strike each other at incorrect angles, resulting in damage. Without a full set of teeth, it will be harder for you to speak and eat. And of course, you will feel self-conscious in social and work settings.

If you have gotten tired of trying to find creative ways to hide your smile, it is time for you to meet with our dentist, Dr. Sumit Sharma and discuss tooth replacement options. One such option that has worked well for many people is dentures. Unless an extraction is required, dentures do not require any surgery, and they frequently can be made in one day. Another advantage to dentures is that you can easily remove them to clean them, and to let them soak at night.

Cleaning your dentures is important. You might be tempted to think that getting dentures means that your days of having to take care of your teeth are over. However, that is not the case. Your dentures will accumulate food debris throughout the day. This will happen not only on the teeth, but especially between your dentures and gums, and your upper palate. They need to be cleaned every night.

To clean your dentures, you should scrub them very gently with a mild dish or hand soap and warm water. You can also use a toothpaste that has been formulated for dentures; but do not use regular toothpaste. Toothpaste contains abrasives that can scratch or otherwise damage your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush, and wash your dentures over a towel or a sink filled with water. That will keep your dentures from breaking if you drop them.

You should not wear your dentures for 24 hours a day, and it is advisable not to sleep with them in. You should soak them overnight in a denture solution. This will keep them moist so that they can retain their shape, and will also help to clean them.

If you need to replace one or more teeth and would like to find out if dentures are right for you, we would be glad to see you for an appointment and consultation. To make an schedule a visit at Virginia Dental Solutions in Reston, Virginia, call 703-437-8811 today.