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What You Need to Know About Dentures

Jul 25, 2008
Often we neglect our sound health and fail to take proper care of our body. It is only when the normal functioning stops and we have to go through other methods to make up for the loss do we realize its importance. Teeth is one such important part of our body but rarely do we give it its full due. The set of sparkling white teeth that you had during your young days have given way to all sort of dental problems affecting your teeth in extremity. In such cases you need the help of dentures to go about your day to day activities in life.

Importance of Dentures

Having dentures is not a very pleasant experience and many of you might face discomfort. Some of you may start feeling conscious and avoid any kind of activity that would expose your artificial teeth to others. But with a little adjustment the dentures can bring back your confidence and the smile on your face too. Here are some important tips that you should be aware of when using your dentures

Precautionary Measures

Abstain from eating raw vegetables, any kind of sticky foods or meat which is fibrous if you have received a new set of dentures. Use your canine teeth instead of the front teeth. Do not pull the food forward. Rather push it back as you bite into it. While chewing, keep the food on either sides of your mouth to balance the dentures. Eat a proper diet as your body may lack in certain minerals and vitamins due to your hard chewing disability. Speak slowly and if required practice in front of the mirror.

Some Changes

You might experience more saliva or your dentures could come loose when sneezing or coughing. This is because your bones in the lower jaw wears away which makes your dentures ill fitting and causes you discomfort. It is a good habit to always remove your dentures before going to bed. Regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your dentures are working fine. Sometimes some people become allergic to their dentures because of the materials that are used. You should clean your dentures and oral tissues regularly.

Caring for your Dentures

You should store your dentures in water or in solutions meant for your denture cleaning with a lid before going to bed. Wash the container daily after use. You need to clean your dentures twice a day with specially designed brushes. Also brush your tissues in your mouth to remove any remnants. Some use denture adhesives to hold their dentures from slipping out. If your dentures do not fit you see your doctor immediately. Do not attempt to repair the dentures yourself.
Occasionally you might need alterations for your dentures so that they are securely fitted on to your gums for which you need to go to the dentist.
About the Author
April Kerr owns website Dental Implant Advisor which has details of dental implant problems along with the types of dental implant.
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