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If you wear dentures and will be going on a camping trip soon, you might want to bear the following two tips in mind.
Purchase a portable storage container with a watertight lid
Before you head off to the campsite, you should purchase a portable storage container with a watertight lid.
The reason for this is as follows; your dentures need to be immersed in a solution of water and sterilising fluid for several hours each night.
Doing this prevents the dentures from becoming distorted (which can happen if they dry out completely) and also kills off any plaque bacteria and other dangerous pathogens that may have bred on the surface of them whilst they were in your mouth.
Under normal circumstances, in the comfort of your own home, you would probably just place your dentures into a glass of water on your bedside table before you go to sleep.
However, when you're sleeping in a tent, it won't be feasible to use a standard drinking glass to store and sterilise your dentures, as the glass would most likely tip over due to the unevenness of the ground below your tent.
As such, if you don't bring along a watertight storage container to keep your dentures in overnight, you may not be able to keep them clean and hydrated during your camping trip.
This could result in them becoming distorted (and thus no longer fitting the contours of your mouth) and could increase your risk of developing an oral infection whilst you are away (due to the bacteria on the dentures' surface).
Write down the contact details of a dental clinic near the campsite
It is also a good idea to locate and write down the contact details of a dental clinic that is located near the campsite in which you will be staying.
The reason for this is as follows; if your camping trip will involve a lot of physically strenuous activities (such as wild swimming, hiking or rock climbing), there is a chance that your dentures could fall out and break or that you could be struck in the mouth (which could also result in the breakage of this dental device).
If this happens and your campsite is in a rural area with very little 3g or 4g coverage, you may not be able to use your smartphone to locate the nearest dentist.
In this situation, having the details of a nearby dentist jotted down could enable you to get your dentures fixed and thus ensure that your trip is not spoiled by your dental emergency.