Dentures are more common than you think. In fact, an estimated one in five people wears some sort of denture, whether it be a partial bridge or a full set of dentures. But some people erroneously assume that since they wear dentures, they don’t need to worry about their oral health or visit the dentist. This isn’t true, because a lot can still occur in the mouth with or without teeth.
Here are 5 things you should know about dentures and denture care.
The fit of your dentures is very important because poor-fitting dentures can cause many problems including chafing, mouth sores, and gum infection. If your dentures don’t fit correctly you should speak to your dentist or prosthodontist about creating a new pair that fits better.
It’s very important to keep your dentures clean, even though they’re not “real” teeth and can’t get cavities. Dentures can still get plaque buildup, and trapped food can cause bad breath and mouth odors. Dirty dentures can also still affect your gums and cause gingivitis and gum disease, which can cause the loss of gum or even bone. Dentures should be soaked overnight in a denture cleanser and should be brushed just like natural teeth.
Thrush is a yeast infection that can occur in the mouth and can be caused by many things, including dentures. To reduce your risk of thrush, make sure to clean your dentures properly and take them out for six to eight hours each night.
Types of Dentures
There are several different kinds of denture options for you to consider when considering dentures. These include a full set, partial set, temporary dentures, full-bridge dentures, snap-on dentures, a cantilever bridge, dental implants, and implant-supported fixed dentures. Each set of dentures comes with its own pros and cons, and not everyone is a good candidate for certain types of dentures which is why it is important to discuss your denture options with Dr. Mingus to get the full picture.
If Your Dentures Hurt
IIf your dentures hurt, it may be a sign that you have an improper fit or there is a problem with your gums. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mingus to have your teeth and dentures evaluated.