Posted on 3/15/2020 by Dr. David Wanserski
|For some, dentures can cause pain, social anxiety, and discomfort. But, this doesn't have to be the case! Wearing dentures can be a comfortable experience, with the right practices and the right advice. There are common mistakes many people make, and ways to fix them.
Everyone's mouth is teeming with bacterial life; these bacteria thrive on nutrients in our saliva, leftover food particles, and even our oral tissue itself. When adequately fed, they get to work forming a sticky, yellowish substance called “plaque”. The build-up of plaque causes bad breath, and eventually, decay. In people with natural teeth, signs of decay first show on tooth enamel, but plaque-build up is also a concern for those who wear dentures; plaque can form on the gums, as well, and can lead to a gum decay, and infection. With dentures, it is important to continue brushing your gums to prevent the formation of plaque.
Along with your gums, treat your dentures as if they were your teeth; they are standing in for them. Brush them as you would your teeth, and use a good denture cleaner overnight. This practice will help rid dentures of harmful bacteria, capable of causing the decay of oral tissue. Just as it is important to be gentle to teeth and gums, it is import to exercise caution when brushing your dentures as well; do not use too much force when brushing them. Brushing too hard, or with an abrasive toothpaste, can cause the surface of dentures to become too porous. A porous surface, combined with the warm, wet environment of the mouth, is a perfect home for bacteria.
Poorly Fit Dentures
Wobbling and slippage are well-known sources of stress for those who wear dentures. However, these issues are preventable, and need not keep you from eating or drinking in public. Our bodies change as we age—we outgrow clothes, we require stronger glasses prescriptions, and more comfortable shoes—our mouths are no exception.
While most people are fit with custom dentures earlier on in life, it is important to make sure that the dentures you wear fit your changing jaw. Continuing to wear ill-fitting dentures can lead to discomfort, slipping, rubbing, and even open sores.
Many denture wearers may think that it's no longer important to visit the dentist—after all, dentists specialize in teeth, right? Wrong. It is very important for people wearing dentures to continue coming in for their twice yearly cleanings and checkups.
Our dentists are trained in ensuring the health of the oral cavity, not just the teeth. We can make sure your dentures fit properly, show you the best ways of keeping them clean, and check the health of your gums.