Removing Dentures Each Night Can Promote Lung Health
Posted on 7/24/2023 by Front Desk
Individuals who lose some or all of their teeth can benefit from dentures. These false teeth allow a person to eat various foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently. On the flip side, wearing dentures for long hours can create health problems. In addition to causing mouth sores and halitosis or bad breath, wearing these restorations for extended periods, particularly at night can cause lung problems. It is recommended that you remove them when sleeping.
The Risk for Pneumonia
People who wear dentures while sleeping have an increased risk of suffering from pneumonia compared to those who remove them. Wearing dentures at night tends to encourage the buildup of plaque and bacteria or even fungi. In the event that the dentures host pneumonia-causing bacteria, you may inhale them while sleeping. The bacteria can move from the mouth to reach the lungs where they cause pneumonia. As a denture wearer, it is advisable that you avoid sleeping with these restorations in the mouth.
Keeping the Lungs Healthy
If you wear dentures, you can promote your lung health by ensuring that you clean the restorations properly. Remove and rinse the dentures after meals to eradicate food particles that can attract bacteria. Brush your gums and don't forget the tongue, too. Use a soft-bristled brush when brushing to remove bacteria.
During the night, take out the dentures and clean them. Use a special denture brush with mild soap to clean them. Avoid toothpaste because it is abrasive. You can use a denture cleanser. Before wearing them, make sure you rinse them. When you maintain proper oral hygiene and clean the restorations after removing and before wearing them, you keep bacteria at bay thus preventing diseases like pneumonia. Schedule routine checkups with our prosthodontist to ensure the dentures are working properly and not causing other oral issues. Talk to us today.
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