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Your new dentures look like real teeth to the rest of the world, thus giving you self-confidence when you smile and greet others. Now that you have mastered the art of wearing your dentures, you may feel so comfortable in them that you want to leave them in your mouth constantly—even at night—because it simply saves you time in the morning. On the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe you are new to wearing dentures and feel that wearing it 24-7 for an extended period will help you to adjust to them more easily. In reality, a denture really shouldn’t be worn at night for many reasons. [pullquote]The healthiest way to wear dentures is to remove them at night and then to brush your gums and the rest of your mouth with a soft toothbrush.[/pullquote]

When you wear dentures, this appliance is fitted against your gums. If you never remove your dentures, then you are never giving your tissue a chance to breathe and to escape the pressure that these dentures place on it. Also, you may be the type of person who clenches his or her teeth at night. Doing so actually puts even more pressure on your gums. As a result, you will end up with sore, unhealthy gums.

The healthiest way to wear dentures is to remove them at night and then to brush your gums and the rest of your mouth with a soft toothbrush. This helps to remove food debris from your mouth, thus keeping your oral cavity clean, and it also stimulates the circulation of blood in your gums, therefore promoting healthy tissue.

In order to maintain your dentures when you are not wearing them at night, place your denture in a denture cleansing solution or in water. This prevents the appliance from drying out. Your dentist can confirm for you that your dentures are being properly cared for during your regular dental checkups.

Wearing dentures becomes easier over time, and with that, you may feel motivated to keep them in your mouth around the clock as a matter of convenience. However, taking a break from your dentures at night—just as you take a break from your eye contacts, your makeup or your earrings, for example—allows your entire body, including your living gum tissue, to rest. This keeps your mouth healthier in the long run.

For more information about how to properly take care of your mouth when wearing dentures, please contact Fielder Park Dental by calling 817-275-4817 today.