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Partial and complete dentures are designed to fit firmly with the existing periodontal structure. The custom fit helps hold the unit comfortably in your mouth while you speak and chew food.

Yet as time passes the underlying bone structure in your jaw can gradually start to change. At first this condition which is known as oral atrophy might be address by applying a small amount of denture adhesive to the base of your denture when you install it each morning.

The base of the denture will need to be vigorously rinsed under cold running water every time you take it out. Every evening you should lightly brush all the surfaces of your denture with nonabrasive toothpaste such as denture polish. You should then soak your dentures in water before storing it someplace safe.

Partial denture users should brush and floss the rest of their natural teeth. It’s also important to floss the gumline around the two teeth neighboring the void. Maintaining healthy gums will help your denture to fit comfortably in your mouth.

If you any part of your denture is bent or damaged, it’s important to have it examined and addressed by a dentist like Dr. Lawrence Gerhart. After assessing the severity of the problem he can help you understand your options.

If you are in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you have concerns about how to clean and maintain your complete or partial you can always call 520-326-5442 to speak to a member of staff at Lawrence Gerhart DDS.