How To Care for Your Denture or Partial

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How To Care for Your Denture or Veneers

Daily Cleaning


Fill the sink with water or lay down a soft cloth prior to cleaning. If dentures or partials fall and strike a hard surface, they may be damaged.


After each meal, rinse the denture or partial under warm water to remove food particles. Water that is boiling or too hot might cause dentures to warp and no longer fit properly.


Daily brushing with a gentle toothbrush or denture brush is required.


They can be cleaned using denture paste, warm water, and soap. Normal toothpaste is too abrasive and can scratch acrylic surfaces.


Cleaning tablets can be used while the denture is soaking in water. These aid in the removal of minor stains and plaque buildup. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions; each type/brand is different.


Rinse well under warm water after soaking and before reinserting into the mouth. Mouthwash can be used to make your mouth feel and taste fresh after you rinse with water.


Caring For Mouth and Gum Tissues


Always store your denture or partial in water or denture solution while not in use. Otherwise, the acrylic would dry up with time, resulting in a loss of fit and brittleness.


It is essential to remove dentures/partials prior to bedtime to allow your gum tissues to breathe. This prevents inflammation, pain, and infection of the soft tissue under your dentures.


Use a wet washcloth or a very soft toothbrush and warm water (or a salt water solution) to clean the tissues inside your mouth while your denture or partial is out of your mouth. Wipe the ridges (where the denture rests), tongue, lips, cheeks, and roof of the mouth thoroughly.


Rinsing with lukewarm salt water everyday might help maintain healthy gums.


If you wear a partial, you should use a separate soft toothbrush to clean your natural teeth in addition to your denture brush.


When Mouth Becomes Sore or Irritated


If the denture or partial is applying excessive force to a specific area of the mouth, sore patches may develop. On the gum tissues, sore spots may appear as a little mark or wound.


If this occurs, you should visit your dentist so he or she can make the necessary changes to alleviate the pressure.


Never attempt to alter or fix your denture or partial denture yourself. They could be readily harmed, so affecting their fit.


To relax sore gum tissues, remove your dentures and swish warm saltwater in your mouth.


Although it is in the best interest of your gum tissue to stop wearing your denture/partial while sore parts of the mouth are present, it is useful for the dentist if you insert them again the morning of your visit. This may make it easier for the dentist to identify the uncomfortable parts of your mouth and determine which denture/partial should be altered.


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I use bleach to whiten my dentures?


The response is no. Bleach will bleach the pink acrylic part of your dentures, which may cause harm.


Will my dentures ever need to be replaced?


Most likely yes. Your gum tissue is constantly changing, and bone loss will eventually occur. This will result in your dentures becoming loose and unfitting. When this occurs, you may visit your dentist to have your dentures relined or to have new dentures fabricated.


What happens if they break?


Never attempt to fix them yourself. Bring them to your dentist in order for them to be submitted to a dental laboratory. Depending on the circumstances, you may be without them for a few days while they are being fixed. Teeth that get loose or fall out can be replaced.

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