Dentures can change a person’s life for the better, making it easier to eat and improving a person’s smile. However, while dentures are a durable dental appliance that should provide years of use, there are some things that can happen to make a denture no longer fit properly. A poor fitting denture can make eating and even talking uncomfortable and lead to soreness and injury in the mouth. Here is a look at some of things that can cause an ill-fitting denture.
Over time, a person’s jawbone may begin to deteriorate due to missing teeth. While wearing dentures can help to prevent this, some change may still occur. As the jawbone deteriorates, it will change the shape of the mouth causing dentures to no longer fit properly. Even without missing teeth, the jaw’s shape and size may change over time due to normal changes related to aging. These changes can also cause a denture to no longer fit. Gum disease can also cause swelling and other changes in the structure of the mouth and cause problems with the fit of a denture.
Many people don't understand what a dental sealant is, nor do they understand why dentists put them in place. The most popular understanding seems to be that they simply protect your teeth.
That understanding is partially correct. They do protect your teeth, but they're necessary because they're able to protect your teeth in ways that ordinary brushing and flossing can't.
What is a Dental Sealant?
Dental sealants are special plastic coatings that are applied to the occlusal part of molars. They can come in white, semi-opaque or transparent colors.
When they are being applied, your dentist will check the occlusal part of your molars for any visible decay. This can sometimes require the aid of a dentist drill, so don't be alarmed.
A lot of care and money goes into your dentures, so it’s a good idea to take care of them as much as you can. However, some people simply don’t know how to properly care for their dentures. You can keep your dentures as nice as the day you got them as long as you follow some key denture care tips.
Dentures should be cleaned on a daily basis to help remove plaque and bacteria buildup from your dentures. Remember, just because they’re not your real teeth doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be clean. Dentures can still get stained and look dirty. In addition, keeping that plaque and bacteria out of your mouth can keep you from getting sick.
To clean your dentures, gently remove them from your mouth and rinse them off. After they’ve been rinsed, gently brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush. It’s better to use a denture cleaning solution to clean them over toothpaste as toothpaste might be too abrasive for your dentures. Scrub them in the same manner that you’d regularly brush your teeth. Brush in tiny circles and remember to scrub the back of the teeth. It’s also a good idea to take this opportunity to gently brush your tongue and gums to prevent bacteria buildup.