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Crucial Reasons Why Not to Sleep in Dentures

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Dentures are a great alternative if you are missing some or all of your natural teeth. Not only do they make it easier to talk and eat but they help give you a great smile. Just because you now have a set of false teeth doesn’t mean that you can abandon your daily oral hygiene regime and not look after your new set of pearly whites. Part of your new regime includes taking your dentures out but does that mean you can sleep in dentures?

This seems to be a subject that many people are confused about. Dentures are a substitute for real teeth so you should be able to sleep in them, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. There are a number of reasons why you should not sleep in your dentures.

Your Gums Can Get Sore

Your gums and jaw bone are one of the main parts that holds your dentures in place. If you have been sleeping with your dentures in, you may have found that your gums are getting sore and inflamed. This is due to the constant pressure of having dentures push against the gums. Taking your dentures out each night will allow your gums to have a break from the constant pressure, making your dentures feel more comfortable the next day.

Additionally, we wrote an article a while back that outlines a few simple tips and tricks for choosing comfortable dentures even you’ll forget you’re even wearing them.

Another reason to make sure you take your dentures out each night is the risk of catching pneumonia. This may seem extreme but pneumonia is a real threat if you leave your dentures in while you sleep.

As you sleep you naturally build up moisture in your mouth which makes you swallow. This is a natural bodily function which you don’t usually think about. Sleeping with dentures makes the swallowing process harder and can cause you to accidentally pull liquid into your lungs. This then puts you at risk of breathing problems and pneumonia.

A Proper Oral Hygiene Routine is Essential

Besides the health risks mentioned above it is essential to keep up a good cleaning routine. If you neglect to look after your dentures you are opening yourself up to a whole host of problems. It may surprise you to learn that dentures are prone to stains and tartar build up. Allowing plaque to build up on your dentures can lead to sore gums and even infection.

Brushing your dentures with a soft bristled brush or special denture cleaning brush with a mild soap or dental paste will ensure your dentures are clean of any nasty bacteria. There are many products available now that help with cleaning dentures but the best thing to do is check with your dentist as to the best cleaning method.

Make Sure You See Your Dentist

You need to make sure you still see your dentist annually even if you have a full or partial denture. Your dentist will be able to check your denture fits correctly and isn’t causing any discomfort and irritation to your gums. You will also be able to tell your dentist if you are having any issues that they will be able to help you with.

If you have any concerns about your existing denture or have any questions that you need answered give Aesthetic Dentures a call on (02) 4655 4438 and we will be able to arrange a time for you to come in and see your expert team!

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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