Wearing your denture overnight on occasion might not seem that harmful, especially if it’s just once in a while. But there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t let it become a habit.
Your Jaw Needs a Break from Your Denture
Dentures have a major downside: they put pressure on your jawbone and make it wear away over time. The less you wear your denture, the slower this process will happen.
Your Gums Need a Break from Your Denture
Dentures trap food debris and bacteria against your gums. If you don’t remove your denture for a day or more at a time, all the gunk trapped against your gums can make them irritated and swollen. Let your gums “breathe” by removing your denture at night.
Wearing a Denture Overnight Causes Bad Breath and Infections
Your mouth produces very little saliva when you sleep. The drier environment provides the perfect place for bacteria and fungus to flourish. If you often wear your denture at night, then you’ll be at higher risk for smelly and uncomfortable infections.
Your Denture Could Dry Out at Night
Less saliva in your mouth means less moisture to keep your denture acrylic supple. Your denture may dry out and become uncomfortably tight if you tend to breathe through your mouth when you sleep.
So if you do need to wear your denture all night long on one or two special occasions, you should be fine. Just make time in the morning after you wake up to give your denture a thorough cleaning. Don’t let this become a habit, however!
Ask your denture dentist for more tips on keeping your denture clean, functional, and comfortable.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
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