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Important Tips for Caring for Your Removable Partial Dentures

Posted on 10/15/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A complete pair of dentures.
Do you have a few missing teeth, but not enough to require full dentures? If so, partials might be right for you, allowing you to restore the structure of your mouth and appearance of your smile.

These dentures typically include replacement teeth that are attached to an acrylic base that will match the color of your gums. They also have a clasp that will attach to your natural teeth in order to keep them in place.

Similar to full dentures, you will need to take some precautions in order to care for your partials properly:

•  Clean your dentures daily, and do so gently. You should be taking out your dentures periodically to rinse of food particles and brush them. Just make sure you are using a child sized toothbrush or one that is made specifically for cleaning dentures.
•  Avoid toothpaste. Some toothpaste varieties have abrasive particles that could damage your dentures, so stick to water or a specialized dental paste.
•  Don't brush them over the sink. To avoid potential damage, brush your dentures over a folded up towel. Partials are delicate and could easily break if dropped.
•  Rinse your dentures well after you use any type of cleanser. It could contain chemicals that shouldn't go into your mouth. Additionally, you should be looking for cleansers that have been approved by the ADA.
•  Soak your dentures when you aren't wearing them. Don't let your partial dry out, as this can cause it to lose shape. Water should be lukewarm and not too hot, as this could also cause changes in the shape and fit of your appliance.
•  Clean around the clasps. It is especially important that you are properly brushing around the clasps and the teeth that they attach to.

Do you have additional questions about how to clean and care for your partials? Contact our office today.

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