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Proper Cleaning of a Removeable Partial is Imperative to Its Success

Posted on 2/23/2017 by Keith M. Cooper
A pair of dentures floating inside of a glass jar.
Removable partial dentures are a great solution when you are missing several teeth in one area. Prosthetic teeth are held in place with metal clasps, and are meant to be removed each night. However, simply removing them is not enough to keep your mouth healthy. Proper cleaning is required to ensure their success.

Before You Begin
Before you begin cleaning your dentures, it is important that you take some precautionary measures. Lay down a soft towel on your bathroom counter or in the sink, or fill your sink with water. This will provide a buffer if you accidentally drop your dentures, which might otherwise break if they hit a solid surface.

Clean Your Dentures

Brush your dentures with a soft bristled toothbrush. However, don't use toothpaste. Regular toothpastes contain abrasives that can otherwise scratch the surface of your dentures, leaving microscopic spaces for bacteria to hide. A soft bristled brush is just gentle enough to help remove surface plaque, lingering food particles and bacteria. You also want to pay close attention to the metal clasps, where food can get stuck and bacteria can hide.

Soak Dentures Overnight

Soaking your dentures overnight helps to remove any stains that may have collected on the material. It also helps to loosen more difficult plaque and kill any bacteria that might have been missed, or is hiding in microscopic pores. In the morning, be sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly, as the solution can react with sensitive gum tissue.

Take Care of Your Mouth

Care for your natural teeth is just as important as cleaning your partial dentures. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day. And don't forget to clean your gums, where the dentures rest. This takes care of food particles and bacteria that will otherwise be trapped under your partial denture, defeating the purpose of cleaning it and potentially leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

If you start to experience pain associated with your partial denture, you may need an adjustment. For more information about the care of your partial dentures, or to address an issue, contact our office today.

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