Dentures are false teeth that help and allow you to eat, speak and smile properly when they are inside your mouth. However, they require very different care than your natural teeth. Although dentures are essentially fake teeth, constructed from manmade materials, they need to be taken care of in different ways to natural teeth. This includes storing your dentures when not in use.
An important consideration is how the dentures are stored when you are not wearing them. It is not advised to sleep with your false teeth in because your gums, tongue and jaw require a break. When you leave dentures in for extended periods of time you risk developing oral health issues.
Regardless of whether or not you have started wearing your first set of dentures, or have been a false teeth wearer for years, the same guidelines apply. When you take proper care of your dental appliance it will last a long time.
Let’s take a look at common questions about denture care.
Do You Have To Take Your Dentures Out At Night?
By removing your dentures from your mouth on a daily basis you do several things for your oral health. Pressure is relieved from the soft tissue of your mouth when you take out your false teeth. Also, when that soft tissue is uncovered it gets a chance to breathe and get covered in saliva.
When you are not wearing dentures at night you prevent the soft tissue in your mouth from drying out. This includes your palate and gums. Pressure created by wearing dentures can lead to bone loss so giving your mouth and jaw a break each night will keep them healthy and strong.
How Do You Take Out Dentures?
Safety is always paramount when handling false teeth. This is why you should first fill a sink with warm water prior to removing your dentures. This precaution is so that if they are accidentally dropped they will land in the water preventing breakage or any kind of damage.
The next step is to rinse your mouth with either warm water or an alcohol-free mouthwash. This moistens the dentures and gives them a gentle cleaning to remove larger food particles. You can then remove the uppers by pressing a thumb against the inside of your front teeth.
By pushing up and out towards your nose you release the seal that has held the top denture in place. The removal of bottom dentures is different in that you can loosen the seal by rocking them gently and pulling slowly. Do not use anything other than fingers to remove false teeth.
How Do You Store Dentures Overnight?
Because your false teeth are always wet when they are in your mouth, they must stay moist and this will affect how to store dentures overnight. After giving them a good cleaning they can be left in a glass of water or a denture cleaning solution to keep them from drying out.
Because the material your false teeth are made from is an acrylic with a plastic base, you do not want them to dry out as it may create cracking. Plus, when you store dentures in hot or boiling water it can cause other damage such as warping which could affect how they fit in your mouth.
The container you use to hold your dentures overnight can be a glass or a plastic holder with a lid made just for false teeth. Regardless of what you use you must ensure that the container is in a location where it cannot be knocked over. Dentures can be damaged when dropped to the floor.
How Do I Take Care Of My New Dentures?
The best way to take care of your false teeth is by following a proper denture cleaning routine. By cleaning them thoroughly each day you will not only remove food particles and reduce plaque buildup, you will also remove odors. A regular cleaning routine will also extend the life of your dentures.
When you remove dentures at night you can clean them by brushing. However, you cannot brush them as you would natural teeth. False teeth can be damaged easily so in order to clean them properly, you need to use a toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for dentures.
Holding them carefully, by using a soft bristle brush and warm water you can gently brush away denture adhesive paste residue, food particles and plaque. Another extremely effective way to clean false teeth is by using either a water bath containing a denture soaking solution or an ultrasonic denture cleaner.
For a more detailed look at how to clean and take care of your new dentures, please have a look at this article.
Why Do You Have To Keep Dentures In Water?
As stated above, you should never let your false teeth dry out. When they are constantly kept moist and wet false teeth keep their shape. When they become warped or even slightly misshapen, it has a tremendous effect on how they will fit and sit in your mouth.
With dentures that do not fit properly, you risk developing sores in your mouth. There are other problems that can occur and they include problems speaking, eating and smiling. When your dentures do not fit correctly you must see a dentist to have them adjusted to correct the problem.
Water is the safest liquid to leave your dentures overnight because it will keep them moist and protected from the elements. Hot and cold temperatures should be avoided, which will keep the false teeth from experiencing damage from either extreme.
Are There Other Solutions Besides Water I Can Soak My Dentures In?
In addition to water for soaking dentures, there are several cleaning solutions specially formulated for false teeth. You could also use one of many different do-it-yourself solutions for the same purpose. However, do not use cleansers that can bleach false teeth.
Harsh chemicals can cause different kinds of damage to false teeth. For dentures with metal clips, tarnishing may result. Bleaching can alter the color and look of false teeth and other chemicals can breakdown the acrylic or plastic composition of the denture material.
After soaking dentures in any kind of cleaning solution it is important to rinse them off completely before putting them back into your mouth. Denture cleansers can cause irritations with the soft tissue in your mouth which could develop into sores or other painful infections.
For More Information
To learn more about properly taking care of your false teeth, consult with your dental professional. They can assist you by showing you how to keep your dentures clean and what solutions work best. You can also search online for additional information on this.
As for why you should not wear your dentures when you sleep, make sure that you have a look at the short YouTube video below. In it you will discover some of the side effects of long-term denture wearing and how to prevent them from developing in your mouth.
By taking care of your dentures you are also taking care of your oral health. Some of the steps to looking after your dentures do vary compared to natural teeth, but once you get into a routine, it is pretty easy. Just follow the steps above and your dentures will last a long time.