R&B Tip of the Week: Home Care with Dentures

judypamCare of partials and dentures:

Removable partials and dentures require care the same as natural teeth.  Although the approach is different they are equally importance tasks.

Partial dentures attach to remaining teeth which can allow for plaque and tarter to collect on the supporting teeth and can make them more vulnerable to cavities and periodontal disease.  It is important to be diligent in your oral homecare and professional cleanings protecting your remaining teeth. 

Use a soft toothbrush or a special denture brush to remove plaque and food deposits from your appliance daily.  Use of liquid dish soap and hand soap as well as over the counter denture cleaners are all acceptable but avoid using toothpaste as it can be too abrasive for daily use.  Make sure you rinse thoroughly after cleaning, using warm water.  Lining the sink with a towel while cleaning can help protect appliance in case it is accidently dropped. 

Remember to remove your appliance every night, as they are not meant for around the clock wear.  Prolonged denture wear can lead to increased loss of bone supporting your denture and oral infections. While your appliance is out, nightly brush your tongue and gently brush or wipe gum ridges to remove any visible plaque and freshen breath. 

Be careful to not leave your appliance accessible to young children to get a hold of or especially pets who are notorious for using them as a chew toy!