The term edentulous refers to someone missing teeth. It is estimated that 23 million people are completely edentulous and 90% percent of that population have dentures. Additionally, the partially edentulous population (missing one or a few teeth) is on track to effect more than 200 million people worldwide.
Tooth loss is connected to systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, etc. With these diseases on the rise, periodontal disease and total tooth loss has increased significantly.
- Similar to your natural teeth, dentures can accumulate plaque, food debris, and other bacteria. Thus, it is highly important to clean your dentures twice a day. You can use mild non-scented soap, a commercial denture cleanser, or non-abrasive toothpaste.
- If you are not wearing your prosthetics, make sure you are storing your dentures in room temperature water or denture holding solution.
- Some may think if you are missing some or all of your teeth, there is no reason to visit the dentist. However, regardless if you have a full or partial denture, you still need to have a bi-annual dental exam for maintenance.
What You Should ALWAYS Avoid:
- NO hot water! Extreme heat will warp prosthetics and make it ill fitting.
- NO chemicals! Do not use abrasive cleaners such as bleach.
- NO tooth whitening! Tooth whitening toothpaste or commercial tooth whitening strips will damage and alter your prosthetics. If you have concerns about the color, ask your dentist about proper discoloration removal or potentially picking a new shade.
Dentures will wear over time. If your prosthetic is breaking, causing discomfort, or not properly sitting then it is time for a replacement.
There are many treatment options that will best suit the individual. Come to MyDental to properly discuss your treatment options and to leave with a smile on your face!
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