Most people think they are never going to need dentures. Good dental care habits such as brushing your teeth regularly, and going to the dentist whenever the time comes, gives us confidence we’ll stay out of tooth decay trouble for good. The reality, on the other hand, tells us a different story. According to a survey conducted in 2009, almost twenty million women aged 40 and over already have some kind of denture in their mouth. The number of US citizens in need of dental prosthetics is expected to reach almost forty million by the year of 2020. The majority of people that fall into the above mentioned categories have had some habits that led to dental disaster.
Think you need a denture? Here are some situations where it might help.
Missing a tooth or two is the usual route to some kind of prosthetics. Many people don’t think of it as a problem and continue using the remaining parts of their jaw. This could just lead to a bigger problem. As more and more teeth are exposed to increased pressure of biting and chewing, their long term durability diminishes.
If you are having problems chewing or eating hard food, it may be time to act.
If you don’t visit your dentist twice a year, if your gums are red, swollen or bleeding, or if your teeth are loose and shifting, denture might be the way for you.
If you suffer from chronic digestive problems, your teeth might be the prime suspect. When someone can’t chew, he ends up swallowing big chunks of food, and that’s a big punch in the stomach department.
For some people, having a denture is a matter of personal preference. If you feel embarrassed, or restraining yourself every time you smile, this could be a good aesthetical solution. Before choosing the specific option you should, of course, consult a professional dentist, to see what suits you best.
Keep your teeth clean for a long healthy life
If you already find yourself having a grandma smile, here are some maintenance instructions for you.
Dentures are made from high – quality materials, used to give you both natural appearance and feel. Just like your regular teeth, they should be handled with great care and attention.
Brush your denture on a daily basis, but avoid using toothpaste. Because of its abrasive characteristics, toothpaste tends to build scratches and cavities where food remains might pile up. Use only a soft brush with a specifically designed denture cleaner.
Use a dedicated brush to clean your own teeth.
Do not use hot water. It can cause your denture to warp.
Remove the denture before going to sleep. Give your mouth a rest, and remove the possibility of developing bruxism, a habit of grinding your teeth.
When not being in your mouth, dentures should be kept moist. Place them in water, or some commercially available soaking solution.
Brush your natural teeth, gums, and tongue every time before inserting the denture. This stimulates blood flow in your tissue and prevents plaque development.
If your denture is brand new, you may experience some mouth soreness. Get in touch with your dental clinic, and professionals will have it repaired or adjusted to your liking.