A Partial Needs Daily Care and Cleaning

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Your new custom, removable partial denture is designed to replicate your missing teeth. The replacement teeth are set into a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, which also serves as a foundation that holds the teeth tightly in your mouth. Applying some daily care and cleaning principles will go a long way toward preserving the long-term integrity of the dental appliance.

Using denture adhesive is a popular method for providing an extra hold and blocking out stray food material from invading the base of the partial. If a few food particles get stuck in the space between the partial and your gums, you should thoroughly rinse the unit and reapply fresh adhesive.

When you take the partial out each night, you should rinse it clean of any residual denture adhesive. This will provide a smooth surface so you can reapply the denture adhesive in the morning. Then you need to brush all the surfaces of the artificial teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste like denture polish. You can then store your partial overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.

You can then go about your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing the rest of your teeth. Maintaining healthy gums will also help the partial fit securely and comfortably.

If you live in the Chickasha, Oklahoma, area and you have concerns about your partial denture, you should call 405-222-0222 to consult with Dr. John Phillips at 29th Street Dental Care.