How to Clean Plaque From Partials

Updated November 21, 2016

Partials or partial dentures are dentures that replace missing teeth, but not all of your teeth. They fit in with your regular teeth to complete your smile. Cleaning plaque from partial dentures is most easily done through a good routine of daily care. Your partials or dentures will last much longer if you take care of them as specified by your dentist. Making sure that both your mouth and your partial dentures are clean will keep plaque to a minimum and the beginnings of daily plaque build-up easily removed.

Remove and rinse your partials with warm or cool water after eating to remove any food particles.

Brush your partials with a soft-bristled denture brush and denture toothpaste every night. Do not use any other brush or type of toothpaste or cleaner unless directed by your dentist.

Rinse thoroughly with running water to remove all paste.

Soak partials in a denture cleaning solution each night as recommended by your dentist.

Brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily or as directed by your dentist. Brush your gums, tongue and cheeks to remove the bacteria that causes plaque build-up.


Always check with your dentist before beginning any dental routine.


If plaque is heavily caked on your dentures as opposed to the beginnings of small amounts of plaque, see your dentist. Partials are easily scratched and worn if not treated properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Denture brush
  • Denture toothpaste
  • Nightly denture cleaner
  • Cup
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