Your partial replaces the form and function of several lost teeth in one specific area of your mouth. It represents a serious investment in restoring your ability to chew food and speak clearly. As such it needs to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine. Keeping the unit clean and properly maintained gives it the potential to last for many years to come.
Many people with partials prefer to secure them in place with denture adhesive. This gives them a firm fit and also helps to block out food particles. If food particles do work their way into the space between the partial, the surrounding teeth or the gums, you should rinse it away and reapply.
It’s important to rinse your partial thoroughly each night to remove food particles, plaque and any residual denture adhesive. This will give you a clean surface the next morning.
After rinsing, you should brush your partial with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste or denture polish. When shopping for a denture toothpaste you want to look for one that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for safety and effectiveness.
When you are not wearing your partial you should soak it in water and keep it in a safe place.
Once the partial is cleaned and put away, you should brush and floss the rest of your teeth just as you would as a normal part of your daily hygiene regimen.
If you have questions about how to take care of your new partial please feel free to call us at 540-657-0867 to schedule an appointment.