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Can Leaving Dentures in Too Long Harm Your Mouth?
Posted on 9/20/2019 by Salem Dental Arts
It's important to understand just how long you should leave your dentures in your mouth. This will depend on whether you've just gotten your dentures, or you've been wearing them for a while now.
When You First Get Your Dentures
In the beginning you'll find that your dentures feel somewhat strange in your mouth. This is something you'll get used to though, given time. For this reason, when you first get your dentures (e.g. the first week) we recommend that you always wear them – even when you're sleeping. Of course, you'll want to take them out of your mouth and make sure that you clean them properly after you've finished eating or at the very least you should at least remove them and rinse them in water.
This is something that you should always do after you're done eating. Doing so will keep your dentures clean and your mouth feeling fresh because there won't be any bacteria on your dentures. If your mouth is sore, it's a good idea to remove your dentures while you're sleeping so it'll have some time to rest and rejuvenate.
New Habits Take Time to Forge After a while you should get in the habit of taking your dentures out at night while you're sleeping. This is important because leaving them in can lead to bacteria building up, which can then result in you having bad breath or possibly even an infection. Make sure that during this time when your dentures are out of your mouth, they're being stored in some water in a safe, secure location.
We don't expect you to know all the ins and outs of wearing your dentures in the beginning. This is why we're here for you when you have a question. Just give our office a call, we'd be glad to help.