How Long Do You Keep Dentures in on a Daily Basis?
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Dr. Hallas
When you first got your new dentures, you probably had a tough time adjusting to them. Between learning to speak with them in, figuring out how to chew, and dealing with the tender spots on your gum tissue that came from having something new pressing up against it, you may have felt that you would never get used to the dentures.
But, as time passes, you likely got so used to them that they simply became another part of you. You may not even realize that you are wearing them any longer. This is what all denture wearers should strive for; at the same time, you do need to be aware of how much time you have your dentures in your mouth each day.
Why Does It Matter? If you are wondering why it matters whether you take your dentures out, remember that they are not actually a part of your body. You may feel comfortable with them in, but you do need to be sure to give your gum tissue a rest.
In addition, sometimes food particles and other debris may wind up caught underneath your dentures. Placed in a dark, humid area with very little saliva flow, it may begin to rot and ferment. This can lead to extremely bad breath as well as other health hazards. So, by removing your dentures, you can rinse out your mouth and remove any particles that may have gotten between them and your gum tissue.
Remind Yourself to Take Your Dentures Out
Since you should make it a point to take your dentures out overnight, at the very least, you may want to set an alarm to remind you. Doing this will help keep it from slipping your mind. When you remove them, gently clean them and then store them in clean water or another solution to help them remain pliant.
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