Dental Tips Blog

Aug
20

Why You Need to Keep Your Denture in Water

Posted in Dentures

Like other aspects of dentistry, your dentures are designed based upon scientific laws.

Unfortunately, you don’t get to make those laws. One of the first requirements of denture care is this: keep it moist.

By taking good care of your denture as your dentist directs, you’ll keep it in comfortable and workable condition for years to come.

Water Preserves Dentures

Dentures may look like plain old plastic, but that’s not really the case.

A special acrylic makes up the denture base. This material is designed to maintain a certain shape while wet. Otherwise, the acrylic would expand and get loose in a moist environment like your mouth.

If your denture dries out (which it can do overnight), however, it will shrink and warp and won’t go back to its original shape.

Water Protects Dentures

Water in a sealed container provides the perfect cushioning for a denture in the event it gets knocked off the table. Dentures hold up to a lot of chewing, but crashing to the floor is a different story!

Consistently keeping your denture stored in water at night will also make it easier for you to remember where it is. If you casually leave your denture lying around on countertops, the side of the sink, or wrapped in a napkin, you’ll have a hard time tracking it down.

Water Helps You Clean Dentures

If you get in the habit of sleeping in your denture, you’ll probably never find time to clean it. Storing your denture in a bedside glass or container of water will help remind you to give your denture a cleaning on a daily basis.

Learn more about denture care from your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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