A Susceptible Population
This study looked at more than 500 people over age 85 (average age 87.8), who were living in a community setting. They followed them for three years and found that there were 48 serious pneumonia events (including 20 deaths and 28 hospitalizations). In the 453 denture wearers, 186 did not remove their dentures at night, about 41% of the total, which seems a high number, given the common instruction to take dentures out. Among denture wearers, those who didn’t take their dentures out were 2.4 times more likely to develop pneumonia. This was more than the elevated risk associated with cognitive impairment (2.2) and history of respiratory disease (2.3).
Nor was pneumonia the only increased risk associated with wearing dentures at night. In fact, there were several other health consequences. People who slept with dentures in were more likely to have tongue and denture plaque, gum inflammation, presence of candida fungus, and higher levels of interleukin-6, a compound associated with the body fighting infection.
Although these are not as serious as the pneumonia risk, they are noteworthy because they can decrease the quality of life and lead to more serious consequences later on.
Proper Denture Care
If you want to properly maintain your dentures and your health, it’s important that you thoroughly clean your dentures daily and soak them overnight.
If you would like to learn more about proper denture care, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.