Unlike full dentures, however, partial dentures are secured with metal clasps. Partial dentures are meant to be removed every night to give your gums a break, and to give them a thorough cleaning.
You should maintain a normal oral hygiene routine for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing every day is important for the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.
But before you brush your natural teeth, you should remove your partial denture, and brush your gums underneath. Do not leave the denture in your mouth. When you remove your denture, do so over a folded towel on the counter or a sink filled with water to prevent breakage
Use Denture CleanersBefore you brush your denture, rinse it off to loosen any stuck food particles. When you brush your partial denture, you should use a soft bristled brush. You should also use an approved denture cleaner.
Do not use toothpaste. Toothpaste contains abrasive agents that can inflict microscopic scratches on the surface of the false teeth, leaving perfect hiding spaces for bacteria. Pay special attention to the clasps, as bacteria can take refuge there as well.
Soak Dentures OvernightEven a partial denture should be left out of your mouth overnight. But it should not be left out in the open. If it dries out, the denture will change shape and may no longer fit properly.
Store your denture to soak in a denture solution to keep it hydrated and kill any lingering bacteria. Rinse the denture off before replacing it in the morning.
Taking care of your partial denture and keeping it clean is essential not only for its longevity, but to your overall oral health as well. Contact our office if you have any questions about caring for your denture, or if you notice that is damaged or no longer fits properly.