Your denture is a great tooth replacement that can help you enjoy life with a functional smile. Proper care will help you get the most out of your prosthesis for as long as possible.
It can be very tempting to leave your denture in your mouth while you sleep. No doubt, you want your denture to be a permanent replacement for your teeth. But sleeping in dentures is actually quite dangerous. Here’s why:
Dentures typically rub against gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This wear causes a loss in the height and shape of your jaw, causing permanent changes to your appearance.
Give your gums some breathing room at night and a break from the constant pressure. Doing so will help your bone structure last a bit longer!
Saliva production slows down when you sleep, causing your mouth to dry out at night. Debris and bacteria trapped under your denture can’t be washed away with salival, so they have to just stay there. This is not kind to sensitive gum tissue! Your gums are likely to become inflamed and sore.
That bacteria under your denture is free to proliferate when you wear it at night. With more bacteria in the mouth come more smells… That’s right, bad breath is a common side-effect of wearing your denture through the night.
Your denture can even harbor bacteria that’s implicated in other infections, such as pneumonia.
Clean your denture daily as recommended, and don’t sleep with it in at night! Ask your dentist for more information.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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