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How Often Should You Remove Partial Dentures to Clean Them?

Posted on 2/27/2017 by Dr. Michael Drone
A complete set of dentures.
If you are missing a large section of teeth, a partial denture can be used to replace them. This fixture acts like your natural teeth and restores your smile. Taking care of your partial denture is important to ensuring its longevity and your oral health. But how often should it be removed to be cleaned?

What is a Partial Denture?

A partial denture is custom made from a mold of your mouth to replace a section of missing teeth. False teeth are attached to a gum colored base and is supported by your gums. They also have metal wires that attach the denture to clasps on your natural teeth.

Caring for Partial Dentures

Partial dentures should be cared for just like your natural teeth. They should be brushed (with a soft bristled brush) regularly. They also require a soaking denture solution to help kill bacteria. They need to be handled with care, as they are quite fragile.

After Eating
When you eat, food particles can get stuck between the base of your denture and your natural gums. These particles become food for bacteria, and if you don't get rid of them, the bacteria can multiply and lead to bad breath or even gum disease. For this reason, taking your partial out after each meal to clean, even just rinse, it is important.

Before Bed
Removing your dentures to clean them before bed is the very least you should be doing to clean them. During this cleaning, not only do you brush your dentures, as well as your gums and remaining teeth, but you should also soak them as well. Soaking dentures in a solution kills bacteria and prevents them from drying out. Your night cleaning is essentially your "deep cleaning" time.

Ideally, your dentures should be removed for cleaning after each time that you eat, and they should be removed at night. This will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy and keep your dentures in tiptop shape. Contact our office if you have any questions about cleaning your dentures.

Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics
809 Wall Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
PH: (219) 250-1163
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