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When gums, dental prostheses and remaining teeth are not properly cleaned, bacteria accumulate at the edge of the gums and can harden into tartar. Tartar contributes to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. In addition, recent studies have linked gum disease to other more serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and pulmonary disease.
Our immune system generally controls the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria on our mouth tissues. However, it is not the case for acrylic dentures since they do not have antimicrobial properties. Bacteria can reproduce and spread easily on them.
What you need to know:
We now understand why a perfect oral hygiene is required when wearing dentures.
Caution: Handle your dentures over a folded towel or a sink filled with water because they are fragile and may break if dropped on a hard surface.
In the United States, it has been reported that 57% of people with a dental prosthesis rarely or never undergo a routine examination. This has the potential to cause serious problems which could be easily prevented through regular visits.
Important: If you have painful gums, chewing difficulty, bad breath or if you notice any changes in the way your dentures fit, don’t wait until the annual visit: make an appointment with your denturist now!
According to researchers, the presence of inflammation and microbes in the oral cavity is more important at night.
It is advisable to wear dentures at night if the fact of putting them back on causes nausea. On the other hand, if putting on your dentures and removing them does not produce a gag reflex, it is better to take them off at night.
If you cannot remove the dentures overnight, they should at least be removed for 2 hours at another time of the day.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends removing dentures overnight.
When the prosthesis is not in the mouth, always soak it in water or a cleaning solution to prevent the acrylic part from drying and becoming deformed.
In addition, you should never put it in hot water.