What Happens if You Don't Properly Clean Your Dentures?
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Ever wonder what could happen if you skip a few days of cleaning your dentures? Do you sleep in your dentures without knowing the risks? What you may think is no big deal, could be putting yourself in danger of catching a major disease. We are here to tell you about the health concerns of unclean dentures because just like your mouth dentures can gather bacteria causing dangerous health issues that you may not even be aware of.
The Risk Of Dirty Dentures
Just like you would brush your teeth to prevent tooth loss and the development of bacteria, it is also important to properly clean your dentures. The bacteria that is often found in your dentures is caused by keeping them in at night rather than taking the time to soak them overnight. When you skip these important cleaning steps, you could be putting yourself at risk for bone loss. This bone loss is caused by the pressure put on the bony gum ridges that support your dentures. Bone loss does not only affect your oral health, but can also cause your dentures to fit improperly causing discomfort.
As mentioned without rinsing and scrubbing your dentures daily, they can grow bacteria and be coated in a biofilm that could cause a multitude of diseases. The largest concern being heart disease, staph infection in the chest and pneumonia, which could lead to hospitalization or even death. You may be wondering how dentures trap bacteria, well while they may look smooth dentures are actually porous which can trap bacteria and germs. This bacteria from plaque and other such microorganism you pick up throughout the day could also cause you discomfort such as inflammation of the gums, which may make it hard to wear your dentures at all. These serious health issues are not the only concern, your dentures will start to deteriorate as bacteria and germs grow causing them to become warped and smelly.
While you may still think that it's not a big deal to skip a day of cleaning your dentures, we hope you realize the serious harm you are potentially causing. It may seem like a pain to take out your dentures and give them a good scrub and soak but think of the all the problems you will be avoiding in the long run. A few moments of cleaning a day could prevent a lifetime of pain and discomfort. To find out more, please contact our office.