If you wear dentures (also referred to sometimes as artificial teeth or false teeth by people), it’s important that you store them correctly when you are not wearing them – there’s a chance they could dry out. Taking proper care of your dentures can help them last a long time, giving you the confidence to live your life without inhibitions.
Storing your dentures
Most denture teeth are made of acrylic that’s designed to cope with everyday use. To help keep your dentures strong this plastic should be kept in water when you are not wearing it – acrylic dentures can warp or distort if they dry out, which could affect your denture fit, potentially needing you to replace your denture sooner than expected.
You should also store your dentures in a safe and secure place out of the reach of children or pets so they don’t become damaged.
Cleaning your dentures
It’s important to establish a daily routine for cleaning your dentures. Soaking your denture with specialist denture cleanser tablets, can help keep your denture in good condition. Be sure to follow the instructions as directed on the pack and soak your dentures with the cleansing tablet in warm water – make sure to avoid hot water as it can damage your dentures.
Following the soaking time, brushing your denture with the leftover cleansing solution helps to remove plaque build-up. Then you should give your denture a good rinse under running water and discard the leftover denture cleansing solution.
Your dentures are a part of your daily life, so it’s important to care for them every day too, storing them away safely when you’re not wearing them, and keeping them clean so you can continue to show off your smile.
Adapted from https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-gb/expert-advice/living-with-dentures/looking-after-your-dentures/ , accessed July 2020