Your oral health is a vital part of your total health. The following information was compiled in cooperation with the American Dental Association and offers some basic facts about dentures.
Denture wearers can eat more normally. Better chewing improves digestion and allows wearers to eat a wider variety of foods.
Dentures help wearers speak more clearly. Missing teeth can interfere with the way the mouth forms words. Properly fitted dentures can help with enunciation.
Daily care helps dentures last. Clean dentures daily. When not being worn, keep dentures in water or denture cleanser solution to help the denture retain shape and pliability. Never place dentures in hot or boiling water. Keep the dentures out of reach of pets.
But dentures don’t last forever. They can break if dropped, absorb bacteria and odor, and denture teeth can stain and deteriorate with wear. Anticipate replacing or refitting dentures every five to seven years.
Even if your dentures fit perfectly, you should still see a dental professional regularly. Dentures can loosen due to bone and tissue changes. Also, your dentist can watch for signs of other oral health concerns, such as oral cancer. Anticipate visiting the dentist twice a year.
Adhesives can play a role in your denture’s fit and comfort. Dentures may not require adhesive, but some wearers find it provides added security and comfort. However, adhesives shouldn’t replace good fit.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications can affect dentures. Drugs that reduce saliva may cause discomfort to denture wearers.
Never try to make your own denture repairs. Always take your dentures to a professional for repairs or adjustments. See your dentist if the dentures break, crack, chip or feel loose.
Don’t avoid replacing your dentures just because you don’t want to go through another long adjustment period. While there will be a period of adjustment with a replacement denture, it is usually shorter – and easier – than the first time.
Don’t assume regular denture care is too costly. Discuss your financial limitations with your dental professional and ask about possible payment options.