As a partial denture wearer, you might feel different than those with full dentures as you’ve still got your natural teeth that need to be taken care of, together with your partial dentures.
If you treat your partial dentures well, they will not only last for longer, but most importantly, they will allow you to live your life to the fullest. That means eating whatever you want, doing your favorite sports, laughing and smiling without being self-conscious, and being confident in yourself.
It is for this reason that oral and dental hygiene is so important.
By taking good care of your partial dentures, they will remain naturally white. The first step is cleaning your partial properly every day – preferably after every meal.
Tips for Cleaning Your Partial Dentures
- In case you accidentally drop your partial denture, fill a sink with water or stand over a folded towel before you begin cleaning it.
- Remove your partial dentures and wash in ideally cold water. Avoid using hot water, as it may warp.
- Wet your denture brush (a regular, soft-bristled toothbrush also works great), apply denture cleaner or low abrasive toothpaste, and start gently brushing your partial to remove food deposits, any remains of denture adhesive, and plaque.
- When you have finished, rinse your partial off one more time, now in warm water.
- Giving your partial dentures a daily clean will help prevent your denture from becoming permanently stained, as well as remove the visible signs of coffee, tea, and other yellowing substances.
- Avoid using whitening toothpastes or abrasive household cleaners to clean your partial.
If you’re cleaning partial dentures with metal attachments, make sure that you brush it gently in order to avoid bending the attachments.
Overnight care for partial dentures
Once you have cleaned your partial denture, place it in a soaking solution or a glass of water to keep it moist until the next day. Otherwise, the acrylic will dry out over time, causing the denture to fit poorly.
Furthermore, your gum tissues also need some time to rest: without a little break, the tissue beneath your partial can become infected and irritated. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your partial denture in warm water before putting it back into your mouth in the morning. Keep your partial dentures clean and stainless by doing this daily.
What toothpaste for a partial denture?
Avoid using the toothpaste you’d normally use on your natural teeth, as this can be abrasive on your dentures. However, you can get tooth paste that is specifically designed to be used on dentures. Ask your dentist for a recommendation.
Caring for Your Mouth and Gum Tissue
Both your partial denture and natural teeth must be kept very clean on a daily basis to reduce the chance of new dental decay forming.
- When not wearing your partial, always keep it in water or a denture solution; otherwise, the acrylic will dry out over time causing it to become brittle and affecting the fit.
With a new partial denture, it takes time for the mouth to fully adapt. Several days or even a few weeks is a normal amount of time for you to come accustomed to it.
Sometimes, dentures break. Other times, they simply stop fitting as snugly as they used to. The solution to these issues is not home repair. A person who experiences problems with their dentures should visit their prosthodontist to have their dentures corrected.
Partial dentures are a great way to get your old smile back. There is no need to go through life with gaps in your smile.
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Dental Health Foundation