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Why You Should Soak Your Dentures

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a pair of traditional dentures in a glass of water

Are Dentures Supposed to Be Kept in Water?

Getting your dentures is the first step to restoring your perfect smile, but caring for them determines if they will last as long as five or more years. Most dentures are shaped to make moisture a critical part of their care procedure, so you should keep your dentures in water or denture solution whenever you are not wearing them.

Soaking your dentures is a critical part of their cleaning procedures. By keeping your dentures in water overnight, you can clean them thoroughly before wearing them again. Soaking your dentures in denture cleaners is even better because the solution kills any bacteria that might be present when you put them in water.

Soaking your dentures in water overnight also prevents warping. However, you should always consult your dentist when you want to soak your dentures in a cleanser. Soaking your dentures in cleansers comes with a recommended time. For example, only soak your dentures in sodium hypochlorite bleach for ten minutes. After removing your dentures from these cleansers, keep them in water overnight to prevent warping, as recommended.

What Happens When Dentures Dry Out?

If you do not keep your dentures soaked in water overnight, they will eventually dry out. If that happens, you will experience several issues due to that drying out. The first issue you will experience is that your dentures will become painful. Your dentures need moisture almost constantly, which happens when they stay in your mouth where they are in contact with saliva.

Your dentures might also become brittle if you do not keep them in water. If you accidentally drop them on a hard surface, they might break. Breaking your dentures means restarting the entire process of getting a new set, which you do not want.

Closing Remarks

When you wear your dentures, they are in a moist environment. When you remove your dentures, you are taking them from a moist environment and putting them into a dry one. Keeping your dentures moist is a critical part of their care procedure. Contact us today for more information on how to care for your dentures.

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