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Instructions for cleaning dentures/partials:

  • Daily Maintenance:
    • DO NOT brush your appliance with toothpaste as it will scratch your appliance. Use an antibacterial dish soap (Dawn is recommended) and a denture brush or a soft toothbrush to clean appliance. Clean your appliance after each meal and brush and rinse your mouth.
  • Nighttime Care:
    • Use a Polydent or Efferdent cleaning tablet at night 1 time a week and let the appliance soak overnight, then scrub with soap and brush in the morning. You can adjust the frequency of soaking to your needs.If you dry your appliance and see any yellowish/whitish buildup, it’s time to soak!

Taking Appliance In And Out Of Mouth:

Using only your fingernails or tips of your fingers, pull straight down on the clasps of the appliance to remove. Likewise, use your fingers to secure your appliance in place when inserting it into your mouth.

NEVER bite your appliance into place as this causes unnecessary force on the clasps and teeth that can cause them to bend or break.

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy While Maintaining And Wearing An Appliance:

Keep your appliance out for at least 2 hours per day to keep your mouth and gums healthy. Keeping your appliance in constantly can cause infections from anaerobic bacteria. You may remove it for 2 hours one time per day or split the time up into short intervals throughout the day.

Products Safe To Use On Your Appliance:

  • Dawn dish soap (Recommended)
  • Polydent or Efferdent denture cleaner tablets found at most stores

Adhesives Safe To Use If Needed Are:

  • Poligrip
  • Fixodent
  • Seabond (If you need to use this product, you probably need a reline. This product will not work well with an appliance that is close to fitting properly.

Most appliances may need adjustment for up to 6 months after teeth are removed. Please know this and be patient as we will work with you to make you comfortable and happy during the healing process.

Your mouth will change for up to 6-7 months after making the appliance so know that we will see you on a regular basis for relines in the office and a permanent reline at the lab. This appointment will be early in the morning and we will KEEP your appliance until 4:30pm that afternoon.

We know that a new denture or partial is a process to get adjusted to. We are here to help so please contact our office with any questions or concerns.

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Our West Michigan family dentists provide quality dental care to patients of all ages. With five convenient West Michigan locations, we have the capability of handling all of your family's dental needs. Call MI Smiles Dental Grand Haven at (616) 842-1188, MI Smiles Dental Cascade at (616) 974-4990, MI Smiles Comstock Park at (616) 784-3515, or MI Smiles Grand Rapids at (616) 942-2870 today, or schedule your appointment online.