2 Tips For Preventing Tartar Buildup Around Your Removable Partial Dentures

Posted on: 6 June 2016

Removable partial dentures can be a convenient solution to fixing a few missing teeth. They can easily be accessed when it comes time to clean them. However, unless your partial dentures are cleaned properly, they will accumulate food and other debris. This will turn into plaque and harden into tartar. If your partial dentures have a tan discoloration, then this may be a sign of tartar buildup. Allowing tartar to build up on your dentures can be dangerous for your teeth. This buildup can result in bacteria growth and infection. Therefore, there are a few tips that you should use to prevent tartar around your removable partial dentures.

Soak Your Dentures in an Antibacterial Rinse Before Bed

Removing your dentures during sleep can help to give your mouth a rest from wearing them. However, when they are outside of your mouth, they should always be soaked in an antibacterial rinse. A good antibacterial rinse will help to break down any buildup that begins to form and it will kill off bacteria. Therefore, when you reinstall your dentures into your mouth, they will be free of bacteria and potential tartar buildup. You can purchase an effective rinse from the store or you can create one using fresh peppermint leaves and lemon. Both peppermint leaves and lemon contain antibacterial properties that can be used to fight off bacteria and tartar. Simply fill a medium sized bowl with hot water and add two handfuls of fresh peppermint leaves to the mixture. Add two slices of lemon and allow the herb to soak during the day. At night place your dentures in the rinse before going to bed.

Clean Your Dentures After Eating

If you eat a small snack or a large meal using your dentures, then they should be cleaned immediately after eating. Food debris can get stuck in the grooves and crevices of your dentures. When your dentures are not cleaned immediately after a meal, then the debris can quickly accumulate. In order to clean your dentures after a meal, apply toothpaste to a damp washcloth. Run the washcloth around your partial dentures. Use cool water to rinse the dentures and repeat this process. A washcloth should be used in place of a toothbrush because it is less abrasive and helps to preserve the shine of your partial dentures.

Trying to remove tartar build up from your partial dentures can be difficult. Therefore, use these tips to help prevent the build up