What Happens if You Leave Your Dentures In for Too Long?
Posted on 4/10/2019 by Salem Dental Arts
When you get dentures, you may wonder how long you should wear them before taking them out and giving your mouth a rest. After all, you've been told that you do need to rest your gums occasionally.
Typically, this is something that most people do at night because there's evidence that leaving your dentures in at night can greatly increase the likelihood that you'll develop a fungal infection underneath them. Of course, this will result in health complications, but fortunately they're treatable. Avoiding this altogether is simple, though.
Remove Your Dentures Overnight for Cleaning
It's beneficial to remove your dentures overnight to clean both your real and artificial teeth and care for your gums. This also helps cut down on infections, swelling, and sores caused by the overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. When you do take them out overnight make sure to soak your dentures in a specialized cleaner that you change daily so they don't dry out and lose their correct shape.
Why it's Important to Never Sleep in Dentures
Sleeping in dentures is bad for your health. It makes you twice as likely to be hospitalized for or die from pneumonia. This is because the pneumonia bacteria readily move from your mouth to your lungs as you breathe. When you don't take your dentures out at night, they become a breeding ground for lots of different types of bacteria.
Fungi may also develop, resulting in a condition that's known as denture stomatitis – a red, inflamed mouth top that's infected by yeast. This can then spread to the corners of your mouth where it's known as angular cheilitis.
When you have any questions or concerns about leaving your dentures in for too long, give us a call. We'll schedule an appointment, so we can discuss these things with you.