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Dentures Shouldn’t Be Worn at Night

The secret to having healthy dentures is caring for those dentures as well as you possibly can. You do this by keeping it clean and your mouth healthy. You might have started your denture experience following all of the rules, but it’s easy to get sidetracked and start bad habits, like sleeping in your dentures. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but sleeping in your dentures can cause serious problems like the few listed below.

Gum Inflammation
Your gums are very sensitive tissue in your mouth that carry the weight of your dentures all day. They need a break at night to rest and recuperate from the day’s work. If you fail to give your dentures the rest they need, you’ll soon find yourself with inflamed gums that feel sore and swollen. Take your dentures out each night and brush your gums each night and morning.

Plaque
Your mouth is full of bacteria that builds up into plaque. By sleeping in your dentures, you are giving the bacteria in your mouth a longer opportunity to build up. The plaque will cause you to have bad breath, unhealthy gums, and can even break down your dentures by working deep into the material and weakening the structure. Take your dentures out each night in order to clean them thoroughly in denture cleaning solution.

Pneumonia
The greatest risk for patients who sleep in their dentures is pneumonia. While you are sleeping, fluids build up and get swallowed. Dentures make this natural process much more difficult, and some of that fluid ends up going into your lungs. Fluid in your lungs will lead to breathing problems and pneumonia, so it’s very important that you take your dentures out every night so that your body’s natural cycles are not disrupted.

If you are a denture wearer, we hope that you are doing all that you can to maintain healthy, clean dentures. This process begins each evening when you remove your dentures for the night. Drop them in a cleaning solution, brush your gums and mouth, and rest! The next morning, you can quickly brush your gums and dentures again before beginning the day with your smile securely in place!

Contact us today if you aren’t sure that you are doing what you should for your dentures. We would love to help you review your denture procedures! We can’t wait to see you soon!