Dentures are often thought of as a fact of old age. Grandchildren marvel at their grandparents popping out their teeth at night and keeping them in a glass next to their bed, and we’ve all heard the myth of George Washington and his fabled wooden teeth. People come to need dentures for a variety of reasons, and not always in their later years. While periodontal disease and advanced tooth decay are most often seen in the elderly, sometimes injury causes teeth to be knocked from the mouth—making dentures a necessity for younger people. Whatever reason you or a loved one needs dentures, having the facts on your new teeth will help you keep your dentures in great condition and your mouth healthy! Today, we’re exploring the benefits of dentures and the best way to care for your new mouth.
The Benefits Behind Dentures
The obvious reason most people think of replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth is the aesthetic appeal and subsequent bolstering of the individual’s confidence. While there is undoubtedly a cosmetic appeal to dentures, they serve various other functions as well! Wearing dentures helps a person with missing teeth maintain their normal speech patterns and abilities, as the tongue placement on teeth while speaking is crucial in pronunciation. Dentures also give the wearer the ability to eat comfortably, chewing thoroughly and without worrying about food becoming lodged in open spaces. Finally, dentures help maintain face shape, as missing multiple teeth can cause the muscles of the face to sag.
Caring For Your New Teeth
There are a few similarities between caring for dentures and caring for natural teeth, but a few extra steps must be taken for denture wearers.
- Brush, brush, brush! As with natural teeth, you should brush dentures daily. Plaque can still build up on the surface of dentures, and brushing will remove food particles and bacteria, helping avoid stains and bad breath.
- Don’t let them get too dry. It’s also important to keep your dentures moist! This should be less of a problem while they are in your mouth, but when removed, keep them in a special solution or just plain water. Avoid using hot water as this can change the shape of your dentures.
- Keep brushing! In addition to brushing the dentures themselves, you should brush your gums and palate twice a day—before putting dentures in and after removing them. Doing so will help keep your mouth clean as well as help increase blood circulation in the mouth.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you feel something isn’t quite right with the fit of your new teeth, or you notice a crack or chip, call your dentist to assess the issue. It’s important for dentures to feel comfortable and fit your mouth, so you may have to have them refitted or repaired.
Dentures are a part of many people’s oral health journey, and arming yourself with information will help you enter this new phase prepared.
If you have questions about your dentures, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with your dentist, give us a call at Blue Island Smiles today!