If you have dentures, you know that they provide many benefits for those who have experienced tooth loss. They’ve become a trusted way to rebuild your smile because they restore your ability to eat and speak normally. To continue making the most of them, however, it’s important to care for them properly and that includes soaking them at night. If you don’t know why this is so important, we’ve compiled some helpful information for you. Keep reading to learn 3 reasons why you don’t want to skip this step!
Reason #1: Porous Surface
Though dentures appear completely solid to the naked eye, the material they’re made of is covered with tiny pores. Dangerous microbes that contribute to tooth decay and gingivitis love to hide in these places and thrive. Unfortunately, brushing them is not sufficient to completely kill off the bacteria.
Our bodies have natural defense mechanisms in place to fight germs in our mouth, but because your dentures aren’t organically a part of you, your immune system can’t defend them the same way. Immersing your dentures in water at night ensures the pores are washed clean.
Reason #2: Increased Bacteria
Did you know that older adults have more bacteria in their mouths? As we age, we lose dexterity, and tasks that were once so simple become more challenging. It’s harder to keep your dental hygiene up to par if you’re having trouble with repetitive motions like the ones required to brush your teeth, for example. Not only that, but many seniors develop health problems that require prescriptions to manage which can often cause dry mouth.
Unhealthy bacteria can thrive in such conditions and cause problems. Leaving your dentures to rest in a glass of water overnight keeps them moist so that this is less of a concern.
Reason #3: Eliminate Germs
While brushing and flossing your dentures can keep them clear of unwanted debris, it doesn’t eradicate harmful germs. There are many over-the-counter products available that claim to be a fast-acting method to do away with toxic microbes, but they don’t always live up to expectations. Your best bet is to find a special soaking solution intended to destroy them. Leaving your dentures in the mixture during the hours you’re asleep can kill up to 99.9% because it’s able to penetrate all the tiny holes that exist in their surfaces.
It is probably safe now and then to fall asleep with your dentures in, but soaking them nightly is a great way to keep them in tip-top shape!
About the Practice
At Legacy Trails Dental of Plano, our team of dentists provides personalized, friendly service. They use some of the most advanced technology to offer an array of dental services to you and the entire family all under one roof. Plus, they are open into the evening and have Saturday appointments available so that your busy schedule doesn’t keep you from high-quality dental care. If you’d like to make an appointment, you’re welcome to contact the office on the website or by calling (214) 227-1000.