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Extra Fresh: Reasons to Soak Dentures Overnight

February 20, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhendricksen @ 3:03 pm
a pair of dentures soaking in a glass of water

As one of the most popular and reliable tooth-replacement options, dentures have been helping patients for many years, and they’re only becoming more lifelike. Even so, you’ll need to take proper measures to maintain your prosthetics if you want them to last as long as possible. Other than rinsing them frequently and being careful not to drop them, you’ll also want to practice soaking your dentures overnight. Keep reading to learn why this is necessary for both you and your new teeth.

The Consequences of Wearing Dentures 24/7

Being able to show off your brand-new pearly whites as well as enjoy your regained self-confidence all day every day would be great, but it can come with some major downsides to your oral health. While it’s normal to wear your new prosthetics for the first 24 hours after receiving them, you’ll have to start taking them out before going to bed afterward. By removing them, you’ll allow your gum tissue the chance to replenish and receive the essential nutrients necessary to remain strong and healthy. Since cleaning your dentures is best with them completely off, you’ll also be able to lower your risk of accumulating bacteria over time.

Why You Should Soak Your Dentures

The normal standard is to remove your dentures before sleeping so that you can brush and rinse them. However, it’s also a great idea to soak them in a glass of water or denture cleanser overnight. This does two important things for your new teeth: first, it keeps them moist so that they retain their shape, and second, it allows them to remain bacteria-free throughout the night.

Certain denture manufacturers might have particular instructions on how to soak your prosthetics, so be sure to consult your dentist about any recommendations they might have for maintaining your new pearly whites. Remember to thoroughly rinse your dentures in the morning, that way you don’t accidentally ingest any chemicals from the cleansing solution.

Rebuilding your smile after tooth loss can be incredibly convenient and straightforward with natural-looking prosthetics. Be sure to keep the above tips in mind, and you’ll be sure to make the most of your dentures for many years to come.

About the Practice

At White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, our team is passionate about providing exceptional and personalized dental treatments to help you maintain and improve your smile. We offer custom tooth-replacement options like dentures that can be tailored specifically for you, allowing you to enjoy a lifelike and long-lasting solution to rebuilding your grin. If you want to know about caring for your prosthetics or wish to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 540-587-5707.

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