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Old 01-19-2004, 08:49 AM   #1
Laura B
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Take care of lower partial?

Six weeks ago I got my lower partial. I'm happy to say I have no problems with it. I do take it out for the night, brush it with toothpaste and soak it with a tablet of Efferdent. The instruction on the box is "remove after 15 minutes" further it says "may be soaked overnight." I called my dentist and ask what the best way is, soak or not soak all night. His answer was "what ever you feel comfortable with it." ????

I would like to know from people with dentures what they do. What the better way is for the dentures. I was wondering that if I leave them in water all night that something may "melt." I was also wondering if you actually use regular toothpase on a denture. This is my first partial, so I'm new at that.
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Old 01-19-2004, 06:49 PM   #2
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Re: Take care of lower partial?

I'm no authority on this but having worked in a dental office for 17yrs, old tell you my experiences.
Every patient with a partial or a denture was told that if it's not in your mouth it should be kept damp.
Also, the dentist that I worked for that taught at Pitt Dental told his patients to take their dentures/partials out at night. He'd say; they're like your shoes, you don't go to bed with them on. Let your gums breathe. The other dentist that I worked for didn't care what his patient's did. That's what makes it difficult, since they each have a different opinion.
My mom and dad left their partials in an efferdent solution all night every night and they never had any problems.

Good luck,

Old 01-20-2004, 04:33 PM   #3
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Re: Take care of lower partial?

Hi Laura,

Don't use regular toothpaste because it's too abraisive and will scratch the denture which in turn will give bacteria a good home to grow in . You don't want that As for soaking overnight in a cleaning solution or plain water, the partial won't melt or otherwise self destruct. As a matter of fact, when dentures are made they are heat cured so hot foods or even baking them into a pie won't melt them One of the better cleaners for dentures is probably in your bathroom already; hand soap . I soak my denture overnight in cleaning solution and brush them with soap each day. They're as clean and stain free as when I got them 14 months ago.


Old 01-25-2004, 01:00 PM   #4
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Re: Take care of lower partial?

Hello db2kp and Yos
Thank you so much for your replies. I'm taking your advise and leave my partial in the water container all night. I was kind of surprised about using soap, Yos, so I'm also using soap now when I brush my partial, it's actual easier than using toothpaste.
I never would think of leaving my partial in all night like some people do. I can't understand, I have no problems with mine but I look forward every evening when they come out and are brushed and soaking in the container. I still have all me front teeth therefore I don't mind when I'm toothless during the night in the back on both sides.
Laure B

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