About 35 million Americans have no teeth, and about 90% of them wear dentures. Despite the large number of people who wear dentures, many people still misunderstand them.
Once I get dentures, I won’t have to see the dentist or take care of my mouth.
Dentures are actually slightly more trouble to care for than natural teeth. Cleaning them can take a little more time, because you have to clean out the denture and your mouth. You should still see your dentist regularly to check on your mouth and your dentures.
All dentures are the same, so I should try to find the cheapest ones.
Not all dentures are the same, and not all denture dentists are the same. As some people learn the hard way, it’s not always best to get the cheapest dentures possible.
Dentures always fall out when people talk or chew.
Cheap dentures will often fall out when you are talking or chewing, but quality dentures won’t. If you select quality, properly fitting dentures, it’s likely they will be secure and stay in place during most everyday situations.
I will have to use denture adhesive if I get dentures.
Denture adhesive is a little controversial
, but if you get properly fitting dentures, you may not have to use it at all.
I can eat just fine without dentures.
There are many foods that are difficult, if not impossible to eat without teeth of any kind. Although some foods can be cooked to be soft, others cannot. Besides, without chewing, it’s a lot harder to enjoy food, which leads people to stop eating a healthy variety of food.
Without dentures or teeth, people are at increased risk for malnutrition and digestive system problems.
I will need dental implants to eat properly.
Although dental implants can help secure dentures, studies have shown that people with dental implants don’t necessarily eat better than people with properly fitting dentures. Transitioning people from regular dentures to dental implants doesn’t lead to an improvement of nutrition.
Dentures make people smell bad.
It’s true that dentures can smell bad, but that’s caused by the same thing that contributes to bad breath: poor oral hygiene. Take care of your dentures and they won’t cause bad breath.
Dentures make people look old.
often made people look old because the teeth are set too far back, leading to a sunken appearance around the mouth. They’re also not usually made tall enough to support your face tissue, resulting in an even more sunken appearance, plus increased jowls and deep skin folds.
are designed to counteract these shortcomings of traditional dentures. They can actually make you look younger.
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