How Often Do Dentures Need to Be Out of Your Mouth?
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
If you wear removable dentures, you may wonder how often you can take them out of your mouth without causing any problems. The following information will give you further details about how dentures should be worn so you can receive the full benefits of wearing the prosthetics.
Maintain a Denture Care Routine So You Know When Dentures Can Be Removed
The secret to knowing when to remove your dentures is to take proper care of them. To ensure your dentures last longer, you should take your dentures out at night and soak them. Doing so kills 99.9% of the bacteria and germs that can lead to a gum infections and disease. This also makes it possible for you to stay healthier overall. In addition, removing your dentures at night ensures that they will fit properly and remain moist. If you don't keep your dentures moist, they can lose their shape and will need to be adjusted. In addition, you should remove and rinse your dentures after you eat. Always rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth.
Why is Following a Routine of Removal Important?
If you follow a regular routine of denture care and removal, you will avoid bacterial infections and health conditions, such as pneumonia, stomatitis, or chelitis. When you do not remove your dentures or care for them on a routine basis, you also open yourself up for other ailments, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis. According to one journal study published by the National Institutes of Health, denture patients often did not realize the importance of denture removal, nor have any idea when it should be done.
The American Dental Association (ADA) emphasizes that taking care of your dentures and removing them properly is just as important as caring for natural teeth. To maintain you overall health, you need to know the correct steps for removing your dentures and making the most of them. Give us a call if you need to have your dentures relined or checked.