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The ugly truth about dentures


The ugly truth: the harmful health issues that can arise from ill-fitting dentures The innovation behind modern dentures has delivered countless benefits to people who want to regain a quality of life they didn’t think possible. Proper fitting dentures enable clients who have suffered tooth loss as the result of illness or age-related causes, to eat properly, speak clearly and maintain a healthy appearance. The downside: neglecting the care of dentures can lead to serious issues. More than just uncomfortable or embarrassing, ill-fitting dentures present a myriad of problems that can be detrimental. Head aches, neck and back pain, digestive problems, TMD, unable to eat properly, diabetes, the list goes on. Although they are invaluable for those who want to regain oral health, dentures must be a consistently good fit and cared for very carefully. This does not mean that if your dentures are not hurting you that they are good. Ill-fitting dentures without symptoms are a common problem that is often overlooked, resulting in a number of negative effects that can threaten your overall health.

Unhealthy Diet When dentures are loose, painful or used, some foods necessary for a healthy diet such as raw fruits and vegetables can become difficult to eat. This is limiting the ability to obtain and maintain a balanced diet. The result: patient being avoiding these foods and, as a result, resort to eating less healthy options. As we all know, the absence of a healthy diet is the root cause of several other issues that are far more serious. Oral Cancer We know that poor oral hygiene can be one of the causing factors of oral cancer. However, studies have suggested that the long-term irritation of the mouth’s lining caused by ill-fitting dentures may also pose a risk factor for oral cancer. Also, poorly fitting dentures trap alcohol and tobacco particles, agents that have been proven to cause oral cancer. Denture wearers must follow through with regular check-ups to ensure a good fit and polish to remove bacteria and create a protecting barrier against viral infection. Jawbone Atrophy The atrophy of bones (bone loss) is the partial or complete deterioration of bone matter. When jawbone atrophy occurs, this means that the jawbone is beginning to shrink below the surface due to a lack of stimulation by a tooth root. In addition to increased difficulty in speaking or chewing, the denture has less and less support, the jawbone atrophy can also affect the structure of facial features. Looking older than one should is increased significantly through this process. When these issues are ignored and dental problems allowed to worsen, clients face the possibility of far worst health complications. If these issues are not painful, the patients sees no problem and thus don’t do anything about it. Other issues include bacterial infections in areas where tissue has been irritated or damaged by improperly fitting or cleaned dentures. Also, when dentures are perpetually loose, people are also more likely to use additional denture cream to compensate, and this overuse can lead to an overexposure of zinc and other materials which can be harmful to the body. The best scenario is ensuring consistent care and regular professional check-ups so that dentures are properly fitted—always. Consulting with an expert in oral functionality who is highly-qualified in the latest Techniques will ensure that any issues are addressed immediately, and patient can begin to heal and regain optimal oral health.


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