Whether you wear full dentures or a partial denture, there are several things you need to do to keep them in good shape and ensure that they last for a very long time. Your custom-made dentures require care just like natural teeth do! Let's look at the correct way to store your dentures to keep them moist.
Oral Care for Dentures
After you've removed your dentures for the night, you need to clean and store them correctly. Dentures should be kept moist at all times to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape. When dentures become dry, they can begin to warp and will not fit correctly in your mouth. Ill-fitting dentures can not only be a nuisance to you, but they can cause you to develop painful sores.
While dentures seem like they're simply plastic, they're made out of polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA, which means that water is actually incorporated into the denture base material. The material may seem rigid and hard, but it needs water to help keep its shape. Since dentures are worn in the mouth, they are designed to be wet.
Some people choose to store their dentures in a glass of water. This is fine, but we also suggest that you consider storing them in a denture cleanser soaking solution. If your denture has metal attachments, please check with us so that we can help you choose the right solution for soaking. It's also important to note that your dentures should never be placed in hot water, as this can cause them to warp.
Keeping your dentures moist, keeps them from becoming brittle. If you have any questions or concerns about your dentures, whether they've become warped or just seem to be uncomfortable, please give our office a call and we can schedule an exam and help. We look forward to hearing from you!
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