Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. But if you don't take proper care of them, they can become dry and brittle, leading to cracking or breaking. To keep your dentures in good condition, it's important to store them in water or a denture cleaner when you're not wearing them. Soaking your dentures overnight can help keep them bacteria-free and maintain their shape.
When you're not wearing your dentures, it's important to store them in a secure container out of reach of children and pets. You can store them in water or a denture cleaner to keep them moist. Never place dentures in hot water, as this can cause them to deform and lose their shape. Most dentures can be safely stored in a glass of clean water at room temperature overnight.
Tap water or bottled water can be used for this purpose. It's important not to leave dentures in water for more than 12 hours. If you're unsure about how to store your dentures, ask your dentist for advice. If dentures dry out and deform, they may need to be replaced at an additional cost.
Soaking your dentures in a denture cleaner can help eliminate bacteria and remind you of the importance of cleaning them thoroughly every day. Even if you don't have a pet that will eat your dentures if they're not cleaned properly, bacteria can still build up on dirty dentures. It's also important to never try a home method to fix your dentures yourself by using hot water or heat and remodeling the denture plate or teeth. This could end up damaging them even more, and your dentist may refuse to work with dentures that are the result of a DIY job that went wrong.
If you're looking for products to help keep your dentures as clean, functional and in shape as possible, consult your dentist for advice. Taking proper care of your dentures will help ensure that they stay comfortable and remain in your mouth more often than outside it.Darren Sailer and Colin Harty, SEMCD doctors certified and trained by BPS at Brookswood Denture Clinic — Denture and Implant Solutions, specialize in dental devices such as full dentures, which replace entire rows of teeth, and partial dentures, which replace multiple teeth.