Oral care is incredibly important, especially when you have more going on in your mouth than just natural teeth. There are certain considerations that need to be made while planning your oral care routine. That’s why we’ve put together an easy guide on how to care for both your partial denture and your natural teeth.
- Preparation: Fill the sink with water or lay down a towel. Partial dentures are fragile and could break if they fall. Ensure they have a soft surface in case they slip.
- After Meals: Rinse partial under warm water. This will dislodge food debris.
- Brushing: Brush gently with a soft toothbrush or denture brush. Do not use a regular toothbrush, as this is too abrasive and will scratch the acrylic surface.
- Denture Paste: Use denture paste to clean. Your denturist can recommend a specific product for your needs.
- Storage: At night, you’ll want to remove your partial denture in order to give your gum tissues a chance to breathe. In most cases, you’ll need to store it in water or some sort of liquid solution to avoid cracking and breakage.
Once you have removed your partial, use either a dampened washcloth or a very soft toothbrush to gently clean the inside of your mouth. Make sure to wipe your gums, lips, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. You can do this using warm water or a salt water solution. Brush your natural teeth with toothpaste as you normally would, taking care not to brush too hard.
Other Factors to Keep in Mind
On occasion, you may experience sore spots if the partial denture is applying too much pressure on one particular area. If you feel pain, it is always a good idea to visit your denturist so that they can adjust your appliance accordingly. Do not try to readjust it yourself, as this could damage your partial denture and cause even more discomfort. If you find your gums are sore, rinsing your mouth with warm water can help relieve them.
We strive to ensure that your partials are the most comfortable and functional that they can be. If you have any questions about how to care for your dentures, contact us today!