Taking Care of Your Appliance

Taking care of dentures, partials, retainers and other oral appliances is just as important as taking care of your teeth! These appliances harbor the same bacteria that is in your mouth that may cause gum disease and tooth decay. To keep your mouth healthy, it is important to clean these appliances daily. Here are some helpful tips on caring for these appliances.

  1. Clean the appliance daily with soap and water or a non-abrasive toothpaste.

  2. Place a rag or towel in the sink when cleaning your appliance to limit the possibility of dropping and breaking it.

  3. For persistent stains and build up, soak the appliance in a 50/50 White Vinegar and water solution for 5-10 minutes and brush the appliance with a soft bristled tooth brush to remove the build-up.

  4. Always put your appliances in a case or in a glass of water when not in use. If left out, they may be broken, chewed or lost by a child or household pet.

Here are some things NOT to do:

  1. Do not use bleach for items containing metal. I usually just say avoid bleach in general because potential damage.

  2. Do not use abrasive toothpaste on your appliance as it may cause unneeded wear over the lifetime of the appliance causing it to need replaced.

We hope you find these tips helpful in keeping your oral appliances clean and safe.

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