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Why Do Dentures Need to Soak When Not in Your Mouth?

Posted on 5/25/2018 by Brock Hinton
Dentures Prosthodontic Dental Group CA 95819-4638You need to take proper care of your dentures if you want them to feel comfortable and perform well. This includes cleaning them and the best way to do this is to soak them overnight.

Why you Should Soak Your Dentures

One of the main reasons you need to soak your dentures is because they're made of acrylic, which contains a lot of little pores. While these are too small for you to see, bacteria will find their way into them and this can easily add up. In doing so, they will contribute to gum disease, especially since the amount of bacteria in your mouth grows as you get older.

At the same time, your ability to produce antibacterial saliva decreases. Taking certain medications only makes this problem worse. Another reason to soak your dentures overnight is to give your gums a rest. Since they're responsible for supporting your teeth they will grow tired after a while.

Taking your dentures out and resting your mouth is another great reason to effectively clean your dentures. The best way to do this is by soaking them overnight since this will remove over 99% of the bacteria in them.

This will also remove any odor that's there. Soaking your dentures when they're not in your mouth is obviously important for many different reasons.

Understanding this and being ready to properly care for a new set of dentures is an important step you need to take prior to deciding to get them for yourself.

If you can't reach this point, you may wish to consider getting dental implants instead so all you have to do is brush, floss, and gargle with some mouthwash. In either case, you'll need to start by making an appointment with our office, so we can properly fit you with a new set of teeth.

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