Does it matter whether I take my dentures out nightly? I’ve worn dentures for five years without problems. Last night during a conversation with a friend, we talked about denture wearing, and I mentioned that I sleep in my dentures, take them out in the morning to clean, and put them back on immediately afterward. She was shocked that I slept in my denture. Although I don’t have a reason for doing it other than vanity and not wanting my partner to see me without a denture, is it harmful? – Thank you. Althea from Chattanooga, TN
Thank you for your question. We understand the impact of missing teeth on your self-image and social life. Still, maintaining good oral health is equally essential as a denture that fits well and looks good. A well-made endure improves your facial appearance and can help your smile look healthier and younger.
Is It Harmful to Wear Dentures Overnight?
Yes, it is harmful to wear dentures overnight for the long term. Removing your denture while you sleep has several benefits:
- Allows the small blood vessels within the oral tissues to open and improve blood flow
- Relives your jawbone and tissues from the pressure of an oral appliance that can accelerate bone shrinkage
- Supports saliva flow to cleanse your mouth with saliva and prevent bacteria overgrowth
- Prevents denture stomatitis, a painful oral yeast infection that inflames gums
- Minimizes bad breath
How to Take Care of Your Denture
You can take care of your denture with these steps:
- Remove it nightly
- Cleaning it thoroughly with nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush or denture brush
- Soak it until morning
Nightly removal protects your denture, mouth, and overall health. Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and prevent oral irritation, making it difficult to continue wearing your denture.
Overcoming Embarrassment About Removing Dentures
You can overcome embarrassment about removing your denture at night by explaining to your partner that nightly removal is best for oral health. Taking care of yourself is a priority for business, family, and social relationships. Otherwise, you cannot give your best.
Ask your dentist if you need advice on denture cleaners and how to take care of your appliance.
Monroe, Louisiana, accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. David Finley sponsors this post.