Your new dentures in Arlington look great and feel even better. Moreover, they have restored your ability to eat all the foods you love and you can once again speak and smile with confidence. Why would you ever want to take them out? Well, there are several good reasons to keep your dentures in that proverbial glass of water over night. Read on for important information.
Avoid Bone Resorption
Dentures put pressure on your gums and the bony ridge underneath gum tissue. This pressure causes resorption, which can slowly decrease bone volume and density. Wearing dentures round the clock can increase the rate of resorption and bone loss. As a result, support for dentures decreases and you may discover that your dentures feel loose and fall out more easily. You might also notice a change in your facial appearance if the resorption causes less support for your lips and cheeks.
Prevent Bacterial Growth
The underside of dentures can become a veritable breeding ground for bacteria if not cared for properly. Consequently, your dentures may begin to smell badly, irritate your gums or even lead to disease.
Studies show that people who leave their dentures in over night are more likely to have plaque on their dentures and tongue. Also, there is a greater chance of inflamed gums and oral thrush. Proper denture care reduces the risk of serious illness, too, such as pneumonia.
Give Your Gums a Rest
Both partial and full dentures should be removed at night to give your gums a break. Just as body needs to rest and recover while you sleep, so do your gums. In addition, without your dentures in place, the antibacterial agents that are naturally present in saliva can bathe your gum tissue. Therefore, keeping your dentures in a glass of water over night is the healthiest thing you can do for your mouth and your body.
- Remove and rinse your dentures in water after you eat.
- Brush your dentures every day according to your dentist’s instructions.
- Store your dentures in water or a denture cleaning solution while you sleep.
- Brush you gums and your tongue everyday with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Rinse your dentures before you put them back in your mouth.
If you any questions about caring for removable dentures, or if you’d like information about implant dentures in Arlington, contact your dentist.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Douglas Baldwin is a family and cosmetic dentist in Arlington, Texas. He and his team provide a complete menu of dental services to patients of all ages, including custom crafted dentures. Call Foundation Dental Solutions today to schedule an appointment.