Should I Sleep With My Dentures?Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 5:13 pm
Should you sleep with dentures in your mouth? Sleeping with dentures is not recommended for many reasons and a study published in the Journal of Dental Research gives another good reason to take the dentures out at night. This research showed that conventional denture wearing during sleep doubled the risk of pneumonia in the very elderly.
Poor oral health is a risk factor for pneumonia among elderly patients. This is yet another good reason to keep up with dental hygiene appointments as we age. Researchers in Japan found that wearing dentures at night dramatically increased the risk for developing pneumonia. The group of 228 men and 296 women were all over age 85 and were examined annually over three years to identify their oral health status and their overall health. The patients who wore their dentures overnight were at a 2.3 times higher risk of pneumonia.
In addition to the increased risk for pneumonia, the researchers also found plaque on the tongue and denture itself, as well as inflammation of the gums and infections of Candida albicans. The people who removed their dentures at night did not experience these problems. Removing dentures at night gives the gum tissue and underlying bone a chance to “rest” without the pressure of the denture.
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