When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. A well-fitting denture can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile, while having numerous health benefits. Simply put, dentures can improve your appearance, speech, and eating.
Some may say that improving your appearance is mere vanity, but when it comes to oral health there are real benefits with properly adjusted dentures:
You can eat and chew better, allowing for a greater variety of foods, which will help you get a more nutritious and balanced diet thereby improving digestion and improving your health.
Dentures also maintain your jaw alignment or bite and improve the ability to keep your mouth closed and to chew your food.
Partial dentures may help preserve the health of your remaining natural teeth. This is because filling the space between teeth prevents the natural teeth from growing incorrectly or moving to fill the empty space.
It may take several months to adjust to dentures. While eating and speaking are different at first, you will soon get use to the feel and hardly notice them. Over time, from a psychological viewpoint, your self-esteem should improve, as you feel better about your appearance and smile, and therefore possibly participate in more activities, meet more people, and enjoy life more.
Caring for Your Dentures
Even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to maintain good oral health. Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures so they don’t get scratched. When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
Finally, see your denturist regularly and at least once a year. Dentures that don’t fit properly can increase your susceptibility to oral infections, such as cheilitis and stomatitis. They may also lead to a return of nutritional problems, since you’re likely to have difficulty eating anything but soft, processed foods.
Aldergrove Denture Clinic is your source for total denture care in Aldergrove, Langley, Abbotsford, and across the surrounding area. If you have denture concerns or oral health questions call us at 604‑856‑5155 today.