One of the many great things about living in today’s world is the fact that you don’t need to settle for missing teeth. There are several different tooth replacement options out there, like dentures. Dentures are life changing for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth, but to get the most out of them, you need to take extra care of them. This means allowing them to soak every night. Continue reading to learn a few reasons why soaking dentures is necessary.
Dentures Have Pores
While your dentures appear to be solid, the acrylic that they are made from is actually filled with tiny pores. They are usually too small for you to see, but bacteria see these pores as a perfect place to call home. When these bacteria accumulate, you could end up with issues like bad breath, gum disease, and other oral health issues. When you soak your dentures at night, this helps to keep these colonies under control.
Bacteria Increase as You Get Older
As you age, the populations of bacteria in your mouth grow. These infectious organisms can cause all sorts of issues, like tooth decay in existing natural teeth, halitosis, and periodontal disease. Part of this has to do with the decrease of your ability to produce antibacterial saliva. It pays to take your bacteria-filled dentures out of your mouth in order to lower these populations.
Soaking Kills Bacteria
When you brush your dentures, your toothbrush is unable to penetrate into all of the pores that hold oral bacteria. Soaking is an effective way at getting into these tiny crevices and removing these bacteria. In fact, soaking removed over 99.9% of oral bacteria. Ultimately, they will be clean and odor free!
Give Your Gums a Break
Natural teeth are supported by your jawbone, but dentures are supported by your gums. In the end, they aren’t nearly as strong as bone. It is important to give them a rest while you aren’t using your dentures at night. If your gums are still sore after a night of rest, you might want to talk to your dentist about alternatives, like implant-retained dentures.
If you aren’t in the habit of soaking your dentures each night, not is a great time to do so. This way, you can keep your smile fresh!
About the Author
Dr. Letitia Plummer is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than 20 years. She earned her dental doctorate from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and is currently a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. For more information on dentures or to schedule an appointment at her office in Pearland, visit her website or call (713) 436-2522.