Dentures have come a long way since the famous false teeth of George Washington. In fact, one prevalent assumption about his dentures is a total myth: George Washington never had wooden teeth! They were made from either horse or human teeth, several different alloys, and rare hippopotamus ivory.
Regardless of their makeup, one thing is certain: his dentures hurt and were a life-long problem. Fast-forward 240 years, and we find comfortable dental appliances in about half of American mouths over 65.
So, odds are you or someone you know in Saint Paul uses either a full or partial denture, and the team at Brimhall Dentistry has a few tips for denture-wearing success.
Tip #1 – Dentures Are Fragile; Keep ‘Em Safe
Washington’s dentures look like medieval torture devices, so they probably didn’t break if he dropped them on the road to Yorktown. Unfortunately, modern dentures are not so tough. In short, what you’ve gained in comfort has been at the cost of durability. But that shouldn’t be as big a deal; you’re not sneaking up on the British.
To keep them safe, you should handle your dentures over a folded towel and secure them in a glass or specialized container any time you remove them.
Tip #2 – Dentures Get Dirty; Keep ‘Em Clean
One modern denture marvel is how wearers may eat most of the foods they did with their natural teeth. But the gunk left after meals inevitably gets stuck to, around, and under most dentures. If you don’t clean them regularly, you may have something other than denture use in common with George Washington: a debilitating infection. Or even worse, you may develop a fungal condition called denture stomatitis, where yeast or other fungi grow in your mouth.
If that doesn’t inspire you to soak your dentures in their solution daily, nothing will.
Tip #3 – Implants Dentures Don’t Slip; Keep ‘Em Tight
Most denture wearers rely on suction and gooey adhesives to keep their appliances in place throughout the day. These methods are more reliable for your upper teeth than the lowers ones, and denture slippage can lead to discomfort and a poorer fit over time.
A fantastic modern solution is dentures that attach to your mouth via several dental implants and a special connector. Implants go all the way down to the bone and provide a highly secure foundation for many denture types.
Tip #4 – See Your Dentist
Even the best cars need an occasional trip to the shop, so too should denture wearers visit their dentist for check-ups. This ensures that your dentures may be adjusted to any changes in the shape of your mouth, and discussion of other treatments can be a part of any regular visits.
Denture Care in Saint Paul, MN
Your denture options are so much better than what our Founding Fathers had to choose from, a benefit that merits both care and maintenance. So if your dentures need some attention, don’t hesitate to call us at Brimhall Dentistry today.