You might have read a lot of information about caring for dentures, and you are usually told not to let your dentures dry out. However, most times there is no explanation of why you should keep them moist.
Why Keep Dentures Moist?
The primary reason for keeping dentures moist, is because when they are not in some type of liquid, the acrylic denture will dry out and possibly change shape.
If your teeth change shape they may no longer fit properly. This might lead to ulcers and painful denture sores.
Your false teeth could also become more brittle, and this makes them more fragile and prone to breakage. Of course, should the worst happen and the dentures break, they can sometimes be repaired. However, continuous warping could lead to the need for new false teeth.
Although some people use denture cleaning tablets every night, others choose not to use such products. If you are one of those people who do not like using commercial cleaning solutions to soak your teeth overnight, you can simply use water.
Also, some types of dentures should not be cleaned with certain products. For example, metal dentures can react to the ingredients of some denture cleaners.
Never use boiling water on your teeth as this could permanently damage them or cause them to break. Cold or lukewarm water is fine to soak dentures.
The important thing is to keep false teeth moist, by whatever means you like. Even storing them in a damp cloth in a plastic bag is better than leaving them to dry out in the open air.
Before you put your teeth back in your mouth, ensure that the dentures are clean. Bacteria on the false teeth will transfer to your mouth, resulting in bad breath and possible bacterial infections.
Some medical conditions can lead to having a dry mouth, and as saliva helps hold teeth in place, having a dry mouth can lead them to feel loose. However, although having a dry mouth may be a health issue, it does not lead to the same issues as leaving dentures to dry out.
Most dental experts will advise removing dentures at night, and it is at these times that storing them correctly is most important, because they could be out of your mouth for at least 8 hours.
Soaking your false teeth may seem quite a chore, but letting dentures dry out could be a costly alternative if it leads to you needing new teeth.