Dentures are an essential part of life for many people, helping to restore functionality to their teeth and give them a beautiful smile at the same time. While these acrylic and aesthetically pleasing structures have been around since classical antiquity, there are still a few myths about them that need to be busted. The more you know, the more informed your denture decisions will be.
Three Myths Under the Magnifying Lens
Due to the fact that dentures primarily function is to enable one to eat properly after losing or breaking their teeth, it should come as no surprise that they are a popular device, and that some myths have been developed about them over the years. The first myth that we will tackle is that of dentures making you look older, or that they are strictly for older people. While it is common for many people to not need dentures until later in life, there are certainly situation where a young person's eating ability and smile can be dramatically improved with dentures; this is usually the case where significant damage has been done to their teeth, but there could be other reasons. Dentures have made people look older in the past, primarily due to improper design; today's technology has made it easier than ever to craft beautiful dentures that sit at the exact place in your mouth that your teeth did, and provide the necessary support to give your mouth a healthy and full look.
The next myth we will discuss is the issue of dentures causing bad breath. While it is certainly possible to develop unpleasant odors on your dentures, it is by no means a result of dentures themselves; just like you need to brush your teeth regularly and use mouthwash to keep your mouth clean and smelling great, dentures need to be taken care of in the same fashion to avoid any unwanted smells.
Finally, the myth about dentures being loose and constantly falling out will be debunked. People who have experienced their dentures falling out are usually wearing improperly fitted dentures or are eating very sticky foods. It is important to make sure that your dentures are fitted properly, especially as you age with them, and that you avoid foods that are particularly difficult to eat; if you do fancy these treats, you can keep some denture pads with you in order to provide a very secure fit that could help you devour that food without displacing your dentures. We hope that this information has helped you see dentures in a new light.