DITCH THOSE DENTURES – AT BEDTIME

A Tokyo based research group has been monitoring links between gum disease and susceptibility in patients over 85 years of age.

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Regular readers will be familiar with the on-going research on systemic disorders linked to gum disease (periodontitis).

A Tokyo based research group has been monitoring links between gum disease and susceptibility in patients over 85 years of age. They discovered that there is also a link between wearing dentures during sleep and rates of pneumonia.

In fact people over 85 years are more than twice as likely to contract pneumonia than those who removed them. As a result, naturally, clinicians are advising patients to make sure they ditch the dentures before going to sleep.

It seems that both tongue and dental plaque are able to build up when dentures remain in the mouth. Of course night time is a good time if you are bacterial plaque which is why we clean our teeth before going to bed. We produce less saliva during sleep so there is less disturbance to the bacterial film during that time.