Do you think you know all there is to know about your dentures? Think again. There are a variety of myths out there about dentures, and by debunking some of them, you'll be better prepared to care for your dentures and extend the life of your appliance.
You Don't Need to Visit the Dentist with Dentures
Even after you have dentures it is important that you continue to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist will still need to complete oral exams to inspect the tissue of your mouth for signs of infection or disease, such as diabetes.
Your dentist will also be your first line of defense at detecting oral cancer, so he will examine your tongue and gum ridges for signs of a problem.
You Should Be Wearing Dental Adhesives Every Day
Your dentures are designed to fit your mouth exactly, so for day-to-day wearing, you shouldn't need adhesives. On a special occasion where you really don't want to experience a slip, these adhesives can boost your confidence, but prolonged use isn't recommended. Using these pastes or gels could cause jaw bone loss and might mask infections.
Your Dentures Will Last Forever
While your dentures were created to be strong and durable, each set will only have a lifespan of about seven years. Over time, your dentures will begin to lose their natural appearance and may become stained. Additionally, your mouth is constantly changing, so with time, your dentures may no longer fit properly. While adjustments can be made along the way, you will eventually need to upgrade to a new pair.
You Can Fix Your Dentures on Your Own
Trying to fix your dentures on your own can actually damage your oral cavity, not to mention damaging your appliance. A DIY job on your dentures can cause uneven pressure on your jaw, and this may result in bone loss or tissue irritation. If you have a problem with your dentures, it is always important to contact our office
about your concerns.