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Why Dentures Lead to Sticky or Dry Lips

Dentures are a huge change to your mouth, and they can have very negative consequences for the health and comfort of your lips. Many people with dentures complain about sticky lips or dry lips. This can be related to poorly fitting dentures, and upgrading dentures can help.

Dentures Should Support Your Lips

Dentures are supposed to fulfill all the functions your teeth performed. This includes supporting your face, as the lower third of the face is supported by your teeth and jaw. Unfortunately, many dentures don’t accomplish this purpose.

Lips Fold in During Chewing

If your dentures are close to properly fitted, your lips may only fold in occasionally, especially during chewing. You may notice you tend to get lipstick on your dentures or that when you’re eating you tend to get excess saliva on your lips. Saliva and food may even dribble out a little bit if you’re not extra careful. You may even notice that you bite your lips more often than you used to.

When you finish eating, residue of saliva and food dries on your lips, making them sticky and dry. Your lips may even be more likely to bleed, especially if you bite them frequently. Taking extra care when eating and washing your lips carefully after eating can help reduce symptoms at this stage.

Lips Fold Constantly

But if your dentures fit very poorly, you may notice that your lips fold in constantly. When this occurs, you are often getting saliva on your lips, which can dry them out significantly as the saliva evaporates, taking some of your lips’ own moisture with it.

You may notice that you tend to drool more often, too. And even if you don’t notice saliva escaping from your mouth, you might see the signs of it in the form of angular cheilitis, dry, red skin that develops at the corners of your mouth.

Dentures Designed to Support Your Lips

But the Denture Fountain of Youth® is designed to provide full support for your lower face, including your lips. They are charted to your youthful face proportions, and as a result they can fully support your lips so you avoid problems like sticky or dry lips.

To learn how you could benefit, please contact a local Denture Fountain of Youth® dentist today.

About the Author:

This post was written by Rod Strickland. Dr. Strickland is a dentist in Savannah, GA. He is the inventor of the Denture Fountain of Youth® technique.