How Dentures Can Influence Oral And Overall Health

How Dentures Can Influence Oral And Overall Health

When you lose your teeth activities like speaking, and smiling, can become cumbersome, challenging, and even painful. Dentures allow people without a full set of teeth to chew, eat, and speak easily and can also resolve issues with malnutrition when accompanied by proper education around the diet as well.

Dentures can increase the quality of the individual making it easier for him or her to overcome the problems associated with living without teeth in their mouths. Researchers discovered in 2012 that older adults felt a sense of accomplishment when they were able to care for their natural teeth. They experienced a sense of pride, achievement, control, oral function, and comfort. It was natural for them to begin smiling because they felt a sense of self-esteem and a positive body image. In sharp contrast, the problem of tooth loss has been associated with personality traits such as aggression and stress.

How Are Dentures Made?

Dentures are made from a false gumline with teeth to disguise the loss of teeth in a person’s smile. Dentures can have a significant influence on your overall health when they begin to improve it if they are considered as the right choice for you. If you are considered suitable for dentures you will have options placed before you by the dentist about the different choices available to you.

You will be offered permanent dentures after all your teeth are extracted and your mouth heals in about 8 to 12 weeks. After the healing the permanent dentures to be worn. These are a replacement for all the teeth and the surrounding tissue.

Complete dentures immediate. These are developed for you before extracting your teeth. The difference between permanent dentures and immediate dentures is that you can begin to wear immediate dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted. You do not have to wait for the healing period before you get to wear the dentures. However, these are a temporary solution until the permanent dentures are ready to be worn.

Partial dentures. When you have one or more teeth in healthy condition the partial dentures can disguise the missing teeth while preserving the existing healthy teeth. A partial denture will have false teeth connected to a base representing the gums. Holding the partial dentures in place will be a metal framework that offers it proper assistance.

Are You Suitable for Dentures?

If you decide to wear dentures you must commit to caring for the appliances every single day. Dentures need good oral hygiene practices along with healthy gums. If motor impairment or intellectual issues hamper oral hygiene in any way dentures may not be the right choice for you. Understanding that a connection exists between the food you have, your overall health as well as your general health is important and therefore a proper diet must be followed by denture wearers. Chewing vegetables becomes easy for denture wearers for improving their overall health. However, they must also attempt to educate themselves about their diet because it is just as important as their new teeth.

Studies have revealed that the replacement of missing teeth is just not enough to improve the nutritional status of an individual. Counseling about nutrition and diet help individuals understand how their oral health and diet are influencing their overall wellness.

Bruxism is a common problem among older adults and can result in damages to dental dentures. This problem also affects people that prefer bridges over dentures because the risk of breaking them when grinding the teeth is a reality that cannot be overlooked. Teeth grinding can only be cured by a night guard suggested by dentists to protect the teeth and enamel from the devastating habit.

Dental Care for Older Adults

Full mouth dentures are fragile and should be handled with the care they deserve. Some tips are mentioned below for denture wearers to maintain their oral appliances in good condition:

  • The dentures should be removed every day for brushing after every meal and at least twice a day.
  • Denture cleaners or denture toothpaste should be used for brushing.
  • Harsh and abrasive cleaners should be avoided as they can scratch the surface.
  • Dentures should never be boiled because they can be warped and no longer fit.
  • The dentures should be removed for at least eight hours a day to allow the gum tissue to rest. It gives the tongue and saliva to perform their normal gum stimulation and cleaning.
  • Dentures need adjustments every few years to maintain the proper fit or perhaps even need to be replaced.

Replacing dentures are five years or as recommended by the dentist is suggested. If something doesn’t feel right with the dentures you should be contacting your dentist right away for advice.

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