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How many hours a day should you wear your dentures?

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Modern dentures aren’t the same “fake teeth” your ancestors had to deal with. You won’t even notice you’re wearing them because they’re crafted with premium materials. Do not, however, wear them too often. Wearing dentures 24 hours a day may damage your health, even though it appears to be a harmless practice.

We understand that missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious. Dentists recommend dentures or other tooth replacement alternatives to restore your smile. We offer high-quality dentures because we know how much you rely on your teeth to smile, talk, and eat.

Learn what to expect while getting your first set of dentures by reading on. You can contact us at any time if you need more information. Cain Denture Centers has a dentist on staff that can assist you.

Prolonged Wearing Dentures Can Harm Your Teeth

Using dentures for long periods might cause bone loss, which is already a problem associated with dentures. Replace old bone cells with new ones by chewing on natural teeth. However, this stimulation is no longer available once the teeth are gone. Bone loss is still possible, no matter how wonderful the dentures are.

Bone loss can be accelerated by the additional strain dentures impose on the gum ridges that support them. Gum disease is accelerated when they are worn all the time, as they do not get any rest. Bone loss will cause your dentures to loosen and become uncomfortable and harm your dental health.

How long should you wear your dentures?

The dentist may tell you to wear them all the time for the first several days, even while you sleep. Before going to sleep, it is recommended that you remove your dentures. This gives your gums a break and promotes oral health.

Six to eight hours of sleep every day are required for the tissues under the dentures. Many people remove their dentures at night; however other people are ashamed or uncomfortable. Allowing the natural cleaning process to take place and allowing your gums to rest and relax are advantages of removing your dentures from your mouth.

Because of this, you may either take them out at night while you sleep or take them out for a few hours during the day. If you can’t sleep without your dentures, soak and clean them well in the evening. This will ensure that they are as clean as possible when you sleep with them in. Denture wearers must thoroughly wash their dentures in the morning to eradicate all the bacteria that may have accumulated throughout the night.

Denture care tips

Preserve your denture teeth by brushing and flossing them regularly, just as you would your natural ones. Brushing your dentures twice a day will help keep plaque and unpleasant odor at bay. When not in use, keep your dentures moist by soaking them in water or a denture wash.

According to the CDC, 47.2 percent of adults ages 30 and older have periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Please don’t fall into their trap. If you’re wearing full dentures, you won’t have any of your teeth left to replace them. Brushing your teeth twice a day is still necessary to keep your gums healthy.

If you don’t maintain your dentures properly, bacteria can accumulate right next to your gum line. Even if you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, it’s important that you maintain good dental hygiene habits from now on.

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