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Yes, You Do Need to Take Your Dentures Out Each Day


Posted on 1/23/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
A pair of dentures floating inside of a glass jar.
If you have dentures, you are probably weary of the nightly ritual of removing them and cleaning them. You, like many other denture wearers, are probably wondering if it is truly necessary to remove your dentures every night. The answer is: yes, you do.

Benefits of Dentures

When you lose your teeth, your ability to eat and speak becomes affected. Your face also changes shape, appearing sunken and making you look old. Dentures offer many benefits to counteract these effects. They restore your ability to eat the foods you love. They make it easier to speak and be understood. They also provide your face with shape. But they must be properly cared for, which includes taking them out each night.

Slows Reabsorption

Wearing dentures puts pressure on your gums, as well as the jawbone. This aids in bone reabsorption, which results in a weaker jawbone and changes in facial structure.

Wearing your dentures around the clock can speed up this process, meaning that your dentures won't fit anymore and you will need to be fit for a new set. Taking them out at night slows down the reabsorption process, allowing you to keep your current set of dentures longer.

Gives Your Gums a Rest
As stated previously, dentures rest on your gums, putting pressure on them. The constant rubbing can result in inflammation, irritation and sores. By removing your gums at night, you allow your gums a break. Oxygen can flow properly to them, minimizing inflammation and keeping them healthy.

Prevents Bacterial Buildup

When you eat, food particles often get left behind. These particles become food for the bacteria that live in your mouth, allowing them to more easily multiply. Dentures can experience plaque and bacterial buildup just like natural teeth. They also provide extra hiding places, such as the area between the gums and the base of your dentures. If you don't take out your dentures and clean them properly (brush them with a gentle brush and soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution), as well as clean your mouth, you risk bacteria building up and causing infection.

Dentures are meant to improve the quality of your life, but if you don't take proper care of them, they can actually do more harm than good. Remove your dentures at night to keep them, and your mouth, healthy and happy.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your dentures.
Sergio Ortegon DDS, MS

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