Do you have dentures and worry about what to do with them when not in use? It’s always a good idea to soak your dentures at least once per day, as soaking them will help keep bacteria at bay. With proper care, you will avoid the unpleasant taste of stale food accumulating on the surface of your teeth and gums. Dentures can be cleaned and disinfected by soaking them in a solution of water, mouthwash, and hydrogen peroxide. However, even though they have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, dentures should still be stored in an appropriate container that will protect both your mouth and your other valuables from odors.
How long can dentures stay in your mouth?
Dentures are specifically designed to be worn when your mouth cannot naturally produce enough saliva. It is important to note that dentures should not be worn for more than 8-10 hours per day. Dentures should be removed at least twice per day for at least 10 minutes to allow for the natural production of saliva. Dentures can actually produce bacteria that can lead to mouth ulcers and gum disease. If worn too long, these harmful bacteria can build up and cause a host of other oral health problems. A sealant or adhesive can be applied to dentures at the end of their life to provide a barrier against saliva and bacteria. This allows for the continued use of your dentures without causing harmful bacteria to grow in their cracks.
What happens when you leave your dentures in all the time?
- You wear them out faster. Every time you wear them, they get a little dirtier. You can’t keep them clean. Eventually, they stop looking good and you stop wearing them, which makes them even dirtier.
- Your mastication and speech deteriorate. You will develop a slur of speech. Your speech becomes a squeak or a whistle, but you can’t hear it because you don’t have your dentures in place when you listen to yourself speak!
- Your jaw begins to ache. It gets sore and painful and your overall health will suffer because you won’t be able to chew as well.
- You could develop TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (the hard tissue that articulates your teeth is sore). A few days without your dentures in place can actually cause this problem.
- You can develop bone loss. If you have a nice substitute for your teeth while you wear dentures, you are still stimulating your bone structure and keeping it strong. There is a lot of evidence that people lose bone after about three years of continuous braces (or continuous denture wear).
What can I store my dentures in overnight?
You may also want to consider storing them in a separate compartment from your regular teeth. The best way to store dentures is to keep them in a denture case, which can be carried around with you. This will maintain the dentures’ cleanliness and prevent them from being damaged. Denture cases are available in a wide range of materials and colors.
Some dentures come with a standard case, but if this is not the case, you may want to invest in a valet box or traveling jewelry case. You can even store your dentures in a small zip-lock bag, which will prevent odors from spreading to your other belongings, but the bag may not be very effective at protecting the dentures from damage. It’s also a good idea to give your dentures a quick clean after every use. Before placing them in their container, brush them with an antibacterial mouthwash and then place them in a case or bag.
How do you kill bacteria on dentures?
It is recommended to keep your dentures immersed in water overnight, especially if you are not wearing them. If you don’t have enough time for that, it is still better to wash them in the morning with soap and water. You can prevent bad odors with after-market products from your local drugstore. Never store your dentures anywhere but in water after cleaning. It’s always important to clean your dentures after each use, but you may also want to consider cleaning them before you go to bed. You may find that giving your dentures a quick clean before storage will help eliminate unpleasant odors from building up over time.
It is important to make sure the dentures are completely submerged, and you would be wise to avoid putting them in your mouth too close to bedtime because this would mean being exposed to moisture overnight. Since your teeth are at risk for staining, it is recommended that you store your dentures in a small zip-lock bag that will allow air circulation and prevent odors from spreading from the case. As such, it’s best that you keep your dentures hidden until you’re ready to replace them. However, if you’re afraid of tooth decay or staining, it is possible to keep the dentures in a case with a shelf that can protect them from odors. In some instances, dentures may accidentally fall into the sink while brushing your teeth or eating, so it is always good to have some waste bags on hand. The garbage can should be the only other source of potential contamination because it should always be kept clear and clean.
What do you soak your dentures in?
Denture soaking solution is a liquid that contains the same cleansing agents as regular soap but also helps to dissolve food particles and plaque. It is usually available in a bottle where you add water and the manufacturer’s solution to create your own denture-soaking solution. Many home remedies use a salt solution consisting of 1/4 tsp per 3/4 cup of water. Single-dose denture-soaking solutions are also available, but they are only effective at removing food particles and plaque from dried dentures. If you wish to clean dentures in the sink, you can use plain water without additives.
How do you store dentures long-term?
The best way to store them, according to dentists, is in a container of water. This technique will keep bacteria away from your mouth and avoid the unpleasant odors that can be associated with dentures. For saving your dentures for long time storage, it is recommended to rinse them in mouthwash before putting them into the storage container of water.
Alternatively, you can use denture tablets in order to clean and disinfect your dentures for long time storage. Dentists usually prescribe this type of product, as they are more effective than home remedies. If you have a busy life and cannot take care of your dentures on a regular basis, this is a good option for you.