Losing your teeth can be detrimental to your health and confidence. Missing your teeth (partially or completely) can make it difficult to eat your daily meals. Having a poorly maintained smile can take a toll on your appearance. Luckily for you, you can get a denture to replace missing teeth and have the smile you deserve. There are partial dentures and full dentures, and each one is chosen on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, the result for each one is the same: a positive impact on someone’s life.
Dentures: Top ten facts
- Research done across 19 different countries found out that nearly one in five people use some kind of denture.
- You can wear two types of dentures: partial or full.
- A partial denture is designed to fill the gap by a missing tooth (or teeth). It can be secured against your other natural teeth using different methods.
- A full denture (also known as complete denture) replaces every single one of your teeth. You can have a full denture for your lower jaw, upper jaw or both.
- A full denture is needed to support the muscles in your face. Without full denture support, your facial muscles will look saggy and make you seem older.
- Any denture is made for someone specifically. It is hard work done by both a dentist (who will measure your mouth and teeth) and a dental technician (who will make the denture.)
- If you have dentures, you need to take proper care of them. They are like teeth – improper care may lead to poor oral hygiene.
- Without proper care, your denture may develop “stomatitis” – a buildup of fungus and yeast around them.
- Both partial and full dentures need to be cleaned daily, either with a toothbrush or a denture cleanser.
- Your dentures can last up to seven years if you take proper care of them.
Five tips for users:
- If you are using dentures, you may want to take a look at denture adhesive. This item will improve your ability to keep your dentures in place and in doing so, you will find less food between your dentures after each meal. The adhesive makes wearing dentures more comfortable and safer.
- You need to properly clean your dentures daily. To achieve this, you need to put them in a cleansing solution every day. That way, you’ll remove plaque from and disinfect your denture. Always follow the product’s guidelines and never put cleanser in your mouth.
- Always avoid dropping your dentures. They are fragile and can completely shatter if they hit the floor. Avoid this scenario by placing your dentures in a glass of water if you are not using them.
- You should not wear your dentures when you are sleeping. That way, you’ll avoid possible infection and overuse.
- After getting your dentures, you need to visit your dentist regularly. Call right away. A professional needs to check if the dentures are working properly for you, if they are in good shape and if they need a replacement.
Did you know that by the year 2050 over two billion people will be aged 60 and older? Most of them will be using dentures in one way or the other.