Dentures have a bad reputation in modern society, but maybe that is just because people are thinking the of the way that dentures used to be. Perhaps you have a story about grandma’s teeth falling into her drink during dinner, or you know a senior who was always complaining about how they fit or how difficult it was to chew or talk. Well here are a few things about modern dentures that you should know.
The 3 Types of Dentures
There are three different types of dentures available now. The ones most people think of right away are called full dentures. This means that all of the teeth on either the top or the bottom of the mouth are replaced at once. What you may not realize is that partial dentures are also available. These replace a group of missing teeth by clasping to the teeth that a person still has. Both of these types are removable. The third type is fixed to the jaw using implants.
The Benefits of Dentures
While dentures are very much improved, you may wonder why people fought with them for years before these modern advancements. The fact is that false teeth are better than no teeth at all. Consider a few benefits of dentures:
- Help to alleviate the emotional impact of missing teeth
- Improved ability to chew
- Improved ability to speak
Maintaining Your Dentures
Modern dentures can last for years if properly cared for. Here are a few tips for keeping your dentures in good shape:
- If your dentures don’t fit right, talk to your dentist. You shouldn’t have to force your dentures during insertion or removal.
- At night, remove your dentures and clean them with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Leave them someplace they will dry. Moisture can lead to bacteria growth.
- Use denture toothpaste rather than standard toothpaste.
- Brush your gums twice a day so they don’t develop plaque. This will help keep your gums healthy and prevent plaque from getting onto the dentures and hardening.
- Use the right dentist. This is a key element in having properly fitted dentures that will last. For more information, call Dens in Dente at 02 8399 3661.
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