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Is Keeping Your Dentures Moist Necessary?
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Front Desk
Is Keeping Your Dentures Moist Necessary?Keeping your dentures moist is imperative if you want them to fit correctly. This means you need to soak them nightly and make sure your mouth stays moist as well. The following information will guide you so you can keep your dentures moist and functional.

Why Keeping Your Dentures Moist Is Necessary


If you do not keep your dentures moist, they can change shape and can irritate your gums. That is why an overnight soak is important. It is also important to keep your own mouth moist. Sip water during the day and keep your foods steamed and soft. To ensure your dentures stay moist, you need to learn more about how they are made. Most dentures feature an acrylic base that holds porcelain or plastic teeth. A chrome-cobalt or stainless-steel inner frame and clasps complete the prosthetic's design. The teeth are made so they can be kept moist by a wearer's saliva. Therefore, any type of moistness gives the teeth their individual form and shape.

Keeping Dentures Moist when You Clean Them


Whenever your remove your dentures overnight, clean them with a denture cleanser that removes odors and bacteria. Never use boiling water to clean germs from dentures, as the heat will warp the acrylic. If you don't soak your dentures nightly, they can become brittle and crack, and will probably need to be readjusted or replaced. Moistness is essential in maintaining a denture's shape. When soaking your dentures at night, always use room-temperature water and a commercial denture cleanser. If, at any time, you leave your dentures in the air, rehydrate them for about an hour before placing them back into your mouth.

Again, to keep your dentures moist, you need to soak them properly and keep your own mouth moist. Make sure both you and your dentures are well-hydrated. Doing so with extend the life of your dentures and make it easier for you to care for them.
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