One of many great things about being alive today is that there are many options for those who are missing teeth. Dentures are lifechanging for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth. However, to get the most out of them, you must be taking proper care of them. This includes letting them soak each night. But why is soaking your dentures in Lincoln Park so important? Continue reading to learn a few reasons why this is a crucial step for your restoration.
Dentures Have Pores
Even though your dentures may appear to be solid, the acrylic they are made from is actually filled with tiny pores. Even though they are usually too small for you to see, bacteria see these pores as perfect homes. When bacteria accumulate, you could end up with issues like bad breath, gum disease, and other oral health problems. When you soak your dentures at night, this helps to keep these colonies of bacteria under control. Ultimately, it will keep them fresh!
Bacteria Increases as You Get Older
When 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 is because your ability to produce antibacterial saliva decreases. It pays to take your bacteria-filled denture out of your mouth once a day to help keep these populations lower.
Soaking Kills Bacteria
When you brush your dentures, your toothbrush doesn’t penetrate into all of the pores that hold oral bacteria. Soaking, on the other hand, is an effective way at getting into these tiny crevices and removing this bacteria. In fact, soak removes over 99.9% of oral bacteria. In other words, they will be clean and odor free.
Gives Your Gums a Rest
Natural teeth are supported by your jawbone. However, dentures are supported by your gums. At the end of the day, they just aren’t as strong as bone, so it is important to give them a rest while you aren’t using them at night. If your gums are still sore after a night of rest, then it may be time to consider talking to your dentist in Lincoln Park about alternatives, like implant retained dentures.
If you aren’t already in the habit of soaking your dentures every night, now would be a great time to do so. This way, you can keep your mouth and dentures in good shape for many years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Samir K. Rana graduated from both Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the New Jersey Dental Association. For more information on denture care or to schedule an appointment at his office in Lincoln Park, visit his website or call (973) 633-5666.