Lost dentures are a common problem. If you can’t find them, you have to do without, or buy new dentures. If you lose your dentures, you’re also in a race against time: you have to find them before the dog does. So how do you keep from losing dentures? Here are some tips to help you keep your dentures safe and sound.
Wear Your Dentures All Day (Usually)
Every time you take your dentures out, you’re at risk for losing them. You put them down someplace, walk off, and then not remember where you put them down. Maybe you put them down in an unusual place (such as the refrigerator–happens) or you put them down in a common place, but they got knocked down or something else was put over them.
A particularly hazardous time to take out your dentures is when you’re eating at a restaurant. You take out your dentures and you forget you did it. Dentures get wrapped in a napkin, left on the table, and thrown into the trash or laundry depending on what kind of napkin the restaurant uses.
The best way to avoid this is to just keep your dentures in all day. Take them out only for cleaning and when you go to sleep.
Of course, this means that you have dentures that are comfortable for all-day wear and functional for eating. But those are their own reward, and doubly worth it if you can avoid losing your dentures.
Take Your Dentures out for High-Risk Activities
I know, we just said that you should keep your dentures in. But that’s not necessarily true if you’re going skydiving or motorcycling. If you think there’s a risk your dentures are going to fall out in the middle of one of these activities, it’s best to take them out beforehand. That way, you’re not likely to lose them someplace you don’t want them lost.
Keep a Carrying Case for Dentures
We know it’s best to keep your dentures in all the time, but there are going to be some occasions when you want to take your dentures out. If that happens, it’s best to have a place to put them that is safe and you won’t forget.
A denture carrying case can easily fit in a purse, clutch, or jacket pocket. A pants pocket is a little bit tighter, but still manageable. And you’ll be grateful to have someplace discreet to put your dentures if necessary.
Always Soak Dentures in the Same Place
We understand that it’s convenient to just put your dentures to soak in whatever receptical is handy. A glass on the bedside table is traditional, but it might seem convenient to put it someplace else on your way to the bed.
But don’t be tempted. That increases the risk you will forget where you put them. To help yourself remember this, consider buying something specifically designed for soaking your dentures and never use it for anything else.
Get Fully Fixed Dentures
But if you’re looking for a way to completely eliminate this risk, you can get non-removable dentures. Fully fixed dentures never leave your mouth–they’re implant dentures that you can’t take out, so there’s no risk that you’re going to misplace them.
If you are considering implant dentures, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.