Everyone experiences gum pain at some point in their life, and most complain about the discomfort. Dentures may provide a solution to your problem. Dentures give you freedom of movement, and the ability to speak easily, chew food, and talk with ease while providing stability and support. However, denture care is not always easy as it can be confusing when choosing appliances that are right for your mouth. Here are five things every person with dentures needs to know to have a comfortable and healthy life.
1. Dentures can help you eat, chew, and taste food while freeing your mouth.
Some people cannot chew, eat or taste food properly because they have no teeth. Dentures can restore the ability to chew and taste, enjoying the same food as others without harming your teeth. And if you struggle with the ability to speak, dentures may help you communicate. They are a great alternative to removable plates and partial dentures, which can slip and cause damage over time.
Also, dentures can help you feel better about your appearance and have more confidence, helping you look healthier and more energetic. Over time, dentures can become loose and move, so it’s important to follow all instructions carefully and have your dentist check them from time to time. Eating well-balanced meals with various foods will keep your mouth healthy and strong.
2. Dentures may be included in an oral health care plan.
An oral health care plan includes dental cleanings, check-ups, and treatment to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dentures may be required as part of your oral health care plan if you already have a dental cleaning plan or have volunteered to receive your first professional cleaning. If you have problems with your dentures, such as they are too tight or lose their grip and fall out. If a dentist has removed your teeth, only a dental cleaning plan can provide the recommended services to promote healthy teeth and gums. If you are having dentures made, we strongly recommend that you see your dentist before the appointment because they will help select the correct size for your dentures.
3. Denture care is different from dental cleanings.
Eating well-balanced meals with various foods will keep your mouth healthy and strong. If you use dentures, it is important to brush them properly. When we remove plaque and food debris, it can damage your teeth. Since your teeth are no longer there, the plaque and food can rot on the dentures, causing bad breath and gum disease. Also, if you do not clean them regularly, the build-up of bacteria can cause bad breath or even an infection in your gums or jawbone. If you brush your dentures with a toothbrush, if you don’t brush them properly, they could become loose and cause you injury. So, knowing how to clean and store your dentures is important.
4. Dentures can improve your social life.
When people look at you, they automatically know that you are missing teeth if you have partial dentures or a removable plate. This can cause social interaction issues due to embarrassment and feelings of inferiority. Dentures can restore your smile and help you feel confident about going out in public again. If you have lost your natural teeth, dentures may provide a smile that others would not know is artificial. But dentures should not replace other styles of teeth, such as implants and bridges. If you are looking for ways to improve your self-esteem, you should consider getting a permanent solution to replace the dentures with a dental implant or bridge that can last a lifetime.
5. Good oral hygiene can keep your dentures healthy and strong.
Wearing dentures for a long time can cause the gums to shrink and recede, which may be a bothersome factor when wearing them. The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to stay on top of oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing to remove plaque and food debris from between teeth.
Dental health is important for maintaining your overall health. As we age, we can lose some of our teeth, but it is possible to replace them. If you have questions about dentures or other dental services, talk with your dentist to schedule an appointment today.