Three Ways Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth

It is estimated that up to 80% of Americans will suffer from some degree of gum disease at some point in their lifetime. While the early stages of gum disease are treatable and reversible, later stages cause a significant number of issues, including tooth loss.

If you lose your teeth, they need to be replaced, and dentures are a common solution. Keeping your teeth healthy to prevent the need for dentures is essential, as dentures can cause some problems.

Denture Sores

Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are supported by your gums. If they don't fit just right, they can become loose. When this happens, the plastic base rubs against your gum tissue every time you do something like eat or speak. Denture sores are common in the beginning, when you first get them, as they take some time to get used to. They can also be an ongoing problem if fit issues are not addressed.

Dentures can cause infections, especially if they aren't cleaned properly. Dentures may not be susceptible to bacterial attacks, but they can still collect plaque, food particles and bacteria. What's more is that these bacteria can collect under the base of your dentures, between the base and your gums. Dentures are meant to be taken out nightly for a thorough cleaning and to soak. If this step is neglected, the bacteria continue to grow and attack your gums, resulting in gum disease.

Bone Loss

The roots of your teeth do more than just keep your teeth planted in your jawbone. They also stimulate the bone, which sends a message to your body to send vital vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients to your jaw that keep it strong.

When you lose your teeth, the bone is no longer stimulated, so your body sends less nutrients. As a result, your bone loses strength and mass. It changes shape, which means your face changes shape, making you look older than you really are. Even though dentures replace your teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone, and in some instances, can accelerate the bone loss process.

Taking care of your teeth can ensure their health, preventing the need for dentures. A regular oral hygiene routine, complete with brushing and flossing, coupled with regular visits to the dentist can help. Also always contact our office between visits if you notice something out of the ordinary. All of this will add up to a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

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