You've recently taken action and have improved your overall health markedly by getting new dentures. You may have been forced into this action due to long-term neglect and may indeed rue the fact that you didn't visit the dentist more often, or practice better oral hygiene. Now that you have these new dentures, however, why is it so important for you to keep them clean under every circumstance?
Beware the Bacteria
Often times, relatively poor oral hygiene contributes to the loss of all the natural teeth and the introduction of dentures. While they may look very natural, these are of course not your regular teeth and will require some additional effort by you to keep them as clean as possible. Your dentures have an acrylic surface and if you were to look at them under a microscope, you would see thousands of very small indentations or pock marks. These tiny crevices can house microbes that can in turn cause a nasty buildup of bacteria.
Many different and potentially challenging germs can live within these crevices, unless you take time to clean the dentures carefully. If unchecked, these bacteria can not only trigger oral issues, but can lead to the development of other diseases in the system. Bacteria can also create odour, which will give you bad breath if you're not careful. Often, this is not something that a wearer can easily detect by themselves and it may require somebody else to tell you that you have an issue.
You may also suffer from a condition known as "dry mouth." When this happens, you're not able to produce as much saliva as you should and this is an important line of defence when it comes to killing off harmful bacteria. This condition can frequently affect older patients, who may invariably have a high amount of bacteria anyway.
You need to do some research or ask the dentist to determine what particular product is right for you. Make sure that you soak them overnight in a very effective solution, which will automatically eliminate the vast majority of any germs.
Getting Everything Checked
Don't forget to get a checkup at least once per year, so that the dentist can have a look at how your dentures fit and have a really good look at their integrity. If you initiate a proper daily cleaning regime as well, then you will undoubtedly enjoy many years of good health with your new false teeth.