How to Clean and Whiten Partial Dentures

By Melissa Rae

Partial dentures replace missing teeth and restore their appearance and functionality. They're made to match the color and shape of your teeth and gums, so they're often undetectable to others. Even though they're made from synthetic materials, partial dentures require frequent brushing and cleaning just like natural teeth. Stains from food, drinks and tobacco can discolor your partial dentures, but you can remove the stains with common household products.

Partial dentures replace missing teeth and restore their appearance and functionality. They're made to match the color and shape of your teeth and gums, so they're often undetectable to others. Even though they're made from synthetic materials, partial dentures require frequent brushing and cleaning just like natural teeth. Stains from food, drinks and tobacco can discolor your partial dentures, but you can remove the stains with common household products.

Remove your partial dentures and rinse them under warm water to remove any food particles or debris.

Brush your dentures at least once a day with a denture cleaner or mild dish soap. You can also sprinkle the dentures with baking soda before brushing to remove stains. Rinse your dentures thoroughly after brushing.

Soak your dentures overnight in equal parts vinegar and water or denture-soaking solution. Rinse your dentures thoroughly with water after soaking.

Mix 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach with 1 cup of water. Soak your dentures in the solution for 15 minutes to whiten. Rinse the dentures thoroughly with water after soaking.

Tip

Take the time to brush your teeth while cleaning your partial dentures.

Warning

Do not soak dentures with metal attachments in bleach, as it can tarnish the metal.

About the Author

Melissa Rae has been a writer since 2008, specializing in home-and-garden, business, technology and education topics. Rae holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Herzing University.

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