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Partial and complete dentures are created from special dental materials. Once they have been installed in your mouth the dental appliance will serve to restore the basic function you once enjoyed from the original teeth.

While it will not be vulnerable to bacterial tooth decay, your denture will still need some basic care and cleaning each day. Consistency in your daily oral hygiene practices will go a long way toward maximizing the denture’s lifespan while ensuring a comfortable fit with your gums.

If you use denture adhesive, it will need to be addressed in some of your daily habits. Sometimes when you’re eating a meal, a few stray food particles can invade the base causing gum irritation. This can be remedied by taking your dentures out and rinse them clean, before applying fresh denture adhesive.

Your denture will need to be uninstalled and cleaned before you to bed each night. This basic oral hygiene practice should incorporate a vigorous rinse to wash away plaque and residual denture adhesive. Then you should physically clean surfaces of your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste.

Once this is done you can soak the denture in water and stow it away safely for the night.

If Dr. David A. Browne and the staff at David A. Browne, DDS, PC’s clinic in McHenry, Illinois, provided you with a complete or partial denture and you have a question about how to maintain it you can always call 815-344-6811 to speak to a member of staff.