It’s nighttime and you’re all ready to get your beauty sleep. Just as you crawl into bed, you realize you haven’t taken out your dentures. You might be tempted to wave it off for later, but what if you knew what really happens when you soak them? Read on to learn the top four reasons for soaking dentures overnight.
Your Acrylic Dentures Have Pores
The most common base material for dentures is acrylic, and although it looks solid it’s actually comprised of tiny pores. You may not be able to see them, but bacteria can nonetheless enter these openings and cause some problems if left unchecked. For this reason, soaking your dentures overnight can help keep any bacteria under control and reduce the risk of gum disease.
Reduce the Risk of Bacteria
The population of bacteria in your mouth tends to increase as you age. Over time, you can be exposed to newer populations that can lead to infection. Soaking your dentures can keep additional bacteria populations from entering your mouth.
Additionally, the ability to produce effective antibacterial saliva decreases the older you get, and while some of the reasons may be natural, sometimes this can be due to the dentures.
Gives Your Gums a Break
After wearing your dentures all day, your gums are likely to feel exhausted. Since they bear the weight of your dentures instead of your bones, allowing your gums a rest is always a good idea when trying to stay comfortable. Talk to your dentist if your gums are constantly sensitive or sore. You might be able to upgrade to implant dentures, which are supported by your bone!
Effectively Keeps Dentures Clean
Brushing your dentures alone won’t be able to penetrate the pores like soaking can. In fact, soaking them overnight removes over 99.9% of oral bacteria, keeping your mouth healthy and your dentures comfortable and odor-free. Add this with your regular brushing and flossing, and you’ll find your dentures can stay healthy and clean for years.
The next time you’re about to head to bed, consider how you’ll be benefitting by taking the time to soak your dentures while you sleep. You can effectively save yourself time and energy from potential dental issues in the future!
About the Author
Dr. Ira Newman, DDS received his dental degree from Emory University School of Dentistry. He is also a member of several organizations including the ADA, Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Newman provides a vast array of dental services and can answer any of your denture concerns. If you have any questions, visit his website or call (212) 924-6890.