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Top 5 Facts And Tips Denture Wearers Should Know

Dentures help people with missing teeth to bite normally and smile confidently again. They are placed in the mouth to replace lost teeth. Having lost some of your teeth can take a toll on your appearance and health. It can distort your facial features and prevent you from processing food properly. Whether full or partial ones, dentures can have a significant positive impact on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life.

If you own a set of these artificial choppers or you’re considering having one made, the Oral Health Foundation has information you can use. We’ve gathered the top five facts about these prosthetic choppers and some maintenance tips.

Top Five Facts

1. Nearly one in five people wear some form of denture. 

Dentures are more prevalent than most people think. According to the 2009 Fixodent Beauty & Aging Survey, about 20 million women age 40 and above (around 19 percent) wear partial or full dentures. In the United States, the number of adults needing dentures is estimated to increase to 37.9 million in 2020, reports a recently published paper in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

2. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete.

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Partial dentures come with either a metal framework or a plastic base that supports the number of teeth that need to be replaced. Clasps and rests support the dentures to avoid falling from the mouth. Meanwhile, complete dentures are made of a plastic base that mimics the natural color of the gums and supports a full set of units. A full denture can be held in the mouth by creating a seal with the gums. You can also opt to have it attached to dental implants.

3. Every denture must be custom designed to look natural and fit your mouth.

Creating dentures is both a science and an art form. Prosthodontics requires both medical expertise and artistic ability. It takes a discerning eye to pick the right color of gums and teeth that will look natural on you. The molded denture must fit the contours of your mouth. The lab must also ensure that the dentures are robust and will not break easily. 

4. Dirty dentures can make you sick.

The Oral Health Foundation warns that lack of denture maintenance can lead to poor oral health, as well as general health problems. It’s a fact of life that bacteria live in your mouth. That doesn’t change when you lose your teeth either. Bacteria can cover your dentures as much as your natural teeth, if not more. You may develop gum inflammation due to your dirty dentures. Certain strains of bacteria that cover the dentures may cause respiratory infections like pneumonia when inhaled. Therefore, it is extremely important to clean your dentures daily.

5. With proper maintenance, you can use your dentures for up to seven years.

Your synthetic biters will eventually need to be replaced, but with proper care, they can last several years. Visit your dentist every year to have your dentures evaluated. If there is significant wear, deterioration, or fractures, you might have to get a new set. It is also possible to repair or reline the structure rather than remake them. Take to your dentist regarding the best option. In general, they should last five to seven years. For healthy, younger persons with proper care and normal use, the denture can even last a whole decade.

Top Five Tips

1. Thoroughly clean your dentures once a day.

Don’t let bacteria accumulate and settle on your dentures. Use a specially-made denture brush and toothpaste to scrub them down. Leave them to soak overnight to break down excess food particles and plaque. A cleaning solution also disinfects your dentures. If you do soak them at night, be sure to rinse them thoroughly first. Be careful to not use denture cleaner on the inside of your mouth because it might be too harsh for you. 

2. Never sleep with your dentures in.

Since bacteria can cover your dentures, sleeping while wearing them is a great way to catch gum disease or respiratory illness. This is especially worse for people who snore. Unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in, make sure to take them out and soak them. This way you won’t have to deal with soreness and be able to prevent infection. 

3. Denture adhesive is your best friend.

Well-fitting complete dentures help you speak and eat properly, as well as enhance your facial features. To prevent them from becoming loose, use denture adhesive to keep them in place. This can reduce food accumulation beneath and can even enhance your comfort.

4. Consider your dentures when choosing what you eat.

Your prosthetic teeth can retain some of your original teeth’s function, but they come with their own set of challenges. You may realize that drinking certain drinks or biting into specific foods is not quite what it used to be. 

For starters, avoid munching on anything with sharp bits like popcorn or nuts. It can be extremely painful when hard bits get stuck beneath the dentures. Try to switch to decaf for your coffee as well. Caffeine can be dehydrating for your mouth and cause friction between your gums and the dentures.

5. Don’t forget to check in with your dentist regularly.

Being comfortable with your dentures doesn’t mean you should skip the checkups. Let your dental team double-check your dentures and make sure they are still in good shape. Your visit will also allow you to ask your dentist whatever questions you have, whether it be about cleaning or accidentally dropping them.

Eat well and smile confidently. Living with dentures may be challenging at times, but they can significantly improve your health and quality of life when you’ve lost some of your teeth. And just like with your original teeth, you have to care for your prosthetic choppers as well. For more expert information on how to maintain your dentures, visit Kyrene Family Dentistry in Chandler, AZ. Schedule a consultation with us at (480) 705-9005.