Dental Tips Blog

Feb
14

Caring for Your Partial Denture

Posted in Dentures

Your partial denture is an indispensable part of your daily routine. You can’t leave the house without it! A dental prosthetic doesn’t just help you chew. . . it completes your smile. Without it, you probably look like a whole different person.

How can you get the most mileage out of your partial?

Safe and Effective Partial Cleaning

To keep your dental appliance clean and strong:

  • Use a mild soap or approved denture cleaner on a daily basis
  • Brush with a soft denture brush
  • Clean thoroughly around each attachment
  • Rinse your partial well before putting it back in your mouth

Let Your Mouth Breathe

Your dentist will probably recommend that you take your partial denture out at night. This gives your oral tissues a chance to relax and protects your partial if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Keep your appliance moist by soaking in a solution your dentist suggests. If it dries out, it can lose its shape.

When It Stops Fitting Comfortably

You should NEVER force your partial in. Doing so can damage the clasps or attachments that hold it in place. If you ever notice that it’s not fitting the way it used to, let your dentist know fairly quickly.

If your partial is not seated evenly, it could chafe, press against your gums or the roof of your mouth. Annoying though this may be, don’t undertake to adjust it yourself. Schedule a dental visit to have it adjusted.

Getting used to a new partial denture can be a frustrating journey – at first. Contact your dental team for help along the way and you’ll be smiling with confidence for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Aug
15

Denture Home Care

Posted in Dentures

Just like your natural teeth, your dentures require a lot of special care to keep them lasting for a long time.

The number one rule when it comes to home care is to take your dentures out at night. Extended wear isn’t good for your bone health and can even cause infections of your gingival tissues. When you’ve taken your denture out, keep it soaking overnight in a container full of water. You may want to use a denture cleansing tablet as well These tablets help loosen any buildup on the denture and reduce odors or stains from building up on the appliance.

After you’ve taken your denture out, you’ll need to clean your mouth out as well. An extra-soft toothbrush or wet washcloth can be used to wipe the insides of the mouth clean. Check for any sores or raw areas that may have developed. If these persist for more than 2 weeks, you should have your dentist check for infection or adjust your prosthesis.

In the morning, remove your denture from the soaking solution and rinse it thoroughly. Brush your denture with a denture-styled brush to remove leftover stains, plaque, or bacteria, and then rinse it again. Pop your appliance in and then you’re off to the rest of your day!

Even if you wear full-mouth dentures, it’s important to have regular oral check-ups with your dentist. Your dentist will assess your bone levels, oral structures, TMJ, and screen for oral cancer. Your oral care goes far beyond that of just treating tooth decay…it’s about a healthy lifestyle and getting the most out of your denture prosthesis!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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