Partial dentures are designed to cover the gap caused by lost teeth. They are maintained in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. The majority of people prefer detachable partial dentures. This style of denture has metal or plastic clasps that fit over the teeth on either side of the gap. Partial dentures are easier to clean than fixed tooth replacements such as bridges. However, a bridge or fixed partial denture provides additional stability while a person speaks or chews. Even yet, there are numerous advantages to wearing removable partial dentures.
How frequently should your dentures be cleaned?
Dentists recommend cleaning your dentures at least once a day. Brushing your dentures twice a day is even better.
Brushing your dentures when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed at night is a wonderful practice. Each night, you should also soak them in a mild soap or a dental cleaning solution.
Although toothpaste should not be used for brushing dentures, it should be used to brush your gums and tongue twice a day. This helps to maintain your gums healthy and prevents foul breath. If you wear partial dentures, remember to brush and floss your remaining teeth on a daily basis. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is also beneficial to your oral health.
How to Maintain Partial Dentures
Partial dentures only function well if they are kept in good condition, which is simple to accomplish. All that is required of a person is to remember:
- Make sure you clean your partial dentures at least twice a day.
A person’s oral hygiene should extend to their prosthetic teeth. They should brush their natural teeth and dentures twice a day. If at all possible, the individual should clean their dentures after each meal. Dentures can be cleaned using the following methods:
Brushing them with a soft-bristled denture brush, not the kind used on real teeth
Cleaning them with a prosthodontist-recommended denture cleaning solution. Cleaning them with gentle cleaning agents such as dishwashing liquid. The wearer must remember to clean all parts of their dentures. They should also pay close attention to the gums and teeth that hold the dentures in place.
- Take special care not to drop the dentures.
Dentures are prone to breaking, thus they should be cleaned over a bowl of water or a cloth. These precautions provide a soft landing for the dentures in the event that they fall.
- Never sleep with your dentures on.
Dentures require rest from their everyday routine. A person’s mouth requires a break from dentures as well. That is why denture wearers should remove their dentures before going to bed. After cleaning their dentures, users should immerse them overnight.
- Soak the dentures in water overnight.
Partial dentures should be immersed in cold water or a denture cleaning solution as directed. The nightly soak prevents dentures from warping, allowing them to remain their shape.
- Do not be afraid to visit the dentist.
Dentures do occasionally break. Sometimes they simply stop fitting as tightly as they once did. Home repair is not the answer to these problems. If a person is having problems with their dentures, they should see their prosthodontist get them fixed.
What are the best ways to keep your dentures in good condition?
Dentures that are properly cared for can last 7 to 10 years on average. Here are some suggestions for extending the life of your dentures.
Suggestions for maintenance
- After eating and drinking, remove and rinse your dentures with warm water to prevent the accumulation of food debris and particles.
- Dentures are brittle and quickly break. Handle them with caution and take your time cleaning them. Dentures should always be removed and cleaned over a sink of water or a folded towel.
- Some chemicals are harmful to dentures. Applying toothpaste or teeth whitening treatments to your dentures is not a good idea. Scratches can be caused by abrasive toothpaste, and whitening solutions can change the color of your dentures.
- Do not sleep with your dentures on.
- Dentures should be soaked in warm or cool water overnight. Hot water might cause your dentures to shift shape.
- Call your dentist if your dentures break. Do not attempt to repair broken dentures on your own. This can result in additional harm to detachable teeth.
- If you use denture adhesive, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and use the correct amount. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, light soap, and water, remove the glue from the dentures every night.