How to Clean and Care for Removable Partial Dentures

How to Clean and Care for Removable Partial Dentures

Jan 03, 2022

Finally, you have decided to get a new set of pearly whites! Removable dentures in Highland Village, TX, are an excellent solution for tooth loss. Tooth loss is no fun. Sagging facial muscles, poor pronunciation, difficulty chewing, and so on are just some of the issues that come with tooth loss.

However, getting removable dentures in Highland Village, TX, is a good idea. But you need to know the basic partial denture care tips to ensure that this innovative treatment serves you for a long time.

Having the correct information about dentures, including partial dentures problems, will help set you up in a way that you can enjoy your new set of pearly whites.

How Do I Clean Partial Dentures?

Do not think that since you have fake teeth, you can skip on the regular cleaning routine. Remember that they are a tooth replacement, which means that whatever you do to clean or maintain your natural teeth, you have to employ the same care.

Daily Cleaning

Partial dentures are made from acrylic, which can easily break when they fall. So, before you clean your partial denture, hold it over a sink full of water or a towel. This will help cushion the denture if you accidentally drop it.

Thoroughly rinse the denture to remove the loose food particles. Then, moisten the denture toothbrush, and apply the denture cleaner. Gently brush the denture surfaces so that you don’t damage the plastic or bend the metal.

Remember to brush your partial dentures each day to remove plaque and prevent stains on your fake teeth. However, you should use a brush designed to clean dentures. The reason for using a denture brush is that the brush has been designed specifically for cleaning dentures. It is also designed to fit the shape of the dentures.

But if you are unable to use a denture brush, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, ensure that you avoid using a toothbrush with hard bristles since they can damage the denture.

Many household cleaners and toothpaste are very abrasive and can destroy your dentures. Therefore, you can go for mild hand soaps or mild dish soap to clean your dentures.

Caring for Your Gums and Mouth 

Since you will be wearing dentures on your gums, you will need to also care for your gums. So, when you are going to bed, it is best to remove the partial or full dentures to allow your gums to breathe.

Leaving the dentures on throughout the night will lead to discomfort, irritation, and even infection of the soft tissue beneath the denture.

When you remove your dentures, use a very soft toothbrush with warm salty water or a dampened washcloth to clean the soft tissues in your mouth. This means that you need to clean the tongue, lips, the ridges where the denture sits, and the roof of the mouth. Ensure that you rinse your mouth each day with lukewarm saltwater so that your gums can stay clean.

If you are using a partial denture, use a different toothbrush from your denture toothbrush to clean your natural pearly whites.

Caring for Your Dentures

Looking after your dentures will go beyond cleaning. They can easily get deformed or lose their shape when you don’t keep them moist. Therefore, always keep them in the denture solution or water when you are not wearing your dentures. The soaking solution will also aid in cleaning the dentures.

Partial dentures are not sturdy. So, be careful with them. However, if you accidentally damage them, don’t try to fix them yourself. There’s a high chance that if you try to adjust them, you could change the fit of your dentures, leading to discomfort. Plus, your gums can get irritated, and even sores can form.

Resist the urge of doing it yourself and using glue that is found in your local store. If you go this route, you might damage the dentures beyond repair.

Therefore, if your dentures aren’t fitting properly or if it cracks or breaks or one of the fake teeth becomes loose, you need to visit our dentist.

Taking care of your removable dentures will ensure that they serve you for a long time. If you need to know more or schedule an appointment, contact our dentist at Campbell and Williams Family Dental.

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