What to Keep Your Dentures in Overnight

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Your dentures are a great investment that helps you gain confidence to smile, eat and talk the way you once did before losing your teeth. But in order to make sure your investment lasts as long as it should, you need to make sure you follow the right maintenance routine. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when storing and taking care of your dentures overnight:

Why is Denture Care Important?

Your dentures, while designed to replace full rows of teeth at a time, are still sensitive dental devices that should be looked after well for them to last many years. How you wear, clean and store them overnight can prevent your dentures from drying out, losing their shape or becoming uncomfortable to wear as the months pass by. If you don’t clean or store your dentures in a hygienic manner, they also become a breeding source for bacteria, similarly to how natural teeth do.

How Can You Store Your Dentures?

Unless you have been given strict advice saying otherwise by our dentist, dentures should be stored in either clean water or denture cleaning solution. Your denture cleaning solution will help ensure that any bacteria or fungi are eliminated, while preventing bad odours as well. You should also rinse them out with water before wearing them again, to avoid ingesting any of the solution.

Things to Avoid When Storing Your Dentures

Avoid wearing your dentures overnight as this is a prime way to neglect them and allow bacteria to breed. Instead remove them and brush them each night, before storing them away. However, if you do use a denture cleaning solution that requires you to soak tablets in water, make sure you don’t use warm water as this can warp your dentures. Avoid using hard brushes, abrasive toothpastes and any whitening products; instead opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste. This is all you need to take care of your dentures! Your denture cleaning routine will only take a couple of minutes of your time each night! This ensures that you have clean and fresh dentures to wear the next day and also helps you extend their life. If you have any other questions on how to store your dentures properly, feel free to reach out to our expert staff at Glenferrie Dental.

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