Plastic partial dentures are constructed from a cross linked polymer (plastic) which has been custom-made to fit your mouth. With careful denture care and cleaning you can prolong their life and help to keep the underlying gums healthy.
There is more to the care of plastic dentures than the traditional image of dentures in a glass besides the bed. Whilst ideally they should be kept wet, simply leaving them in a glass of water is not enough to keep them in the best condition.
Plastic Denture Care Instructions
If there is a build-up of deposits on your plastic partial dentures you can soak them for 10-15 minutes in vinegar or lemon juice before brushing under cold water with your denture brush.
Try to remove your dentures for at least a few hours a day (ideally overnight) as this gives your gums chance to recover from being covered over and allows your natural defence (saliva) to wash away dead skin cells and bacteria.
At least once a week soak your dentures in a proprietary disinfectant such as Strerident or a Milton solution to help kill any bacteria which will be living on them.
Always store them in the box provided when not in your mouth and keep away from pets as they seem to love to chew them! – We’ve seen many sets of dentures broken and eaten by dogs!
Never clean your dentures in hot or boiling water or use bleach on them as this can damage the plastic they are made from.
Visit your dentist at least once a year for a routine oral cancer check(even if you have no teeth) and to make sure that your dentures are fitting ok.
If you have any concerns about your denture or the health of your gums, visit your dentist as soon as possible.