I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
If you are going to be going in for dentures soon then you want to be armed with all the facts so you know just what to expect and so you can be sure that you are taking proper care of them. You can learn important factors about the process and wearing them here so you have the education you need.
Your dentures will be designed just for you: You will go into the dentist's office and they will use a variety of methods to fit you for your dentures. They will be designed to fit your gums and your mouth. Once you get them you want to make sure that you don't ever allow anyone else to try them on. Not only can letting someone else wear your dentures lead to the transference of some nasty mouth bacteria and a lot of germs, but it can also cause them to become out of shape so they no longer fit you just how they are supposed to.
You need to be careful with your dentures
You will of course be able to eat with your dentures, but you will want to be careful not to eat the wrong foods while you have them in. Remember that your dentures are durable, but only to a point. You won't want to eat anything hard that can cause them to become chipped or even broken. Also, don't eat things that you know are going to stick to them like gum and taffy. Never try to open a package or do anything else with them that they weren't intended for.
Make sure you keep your dentures clean
Sometimes something happens to a person that is no fault of their own that caused them to lose their teeth. However, other times tooth loss can be from not taking proper care of your teeth. If the latter is the reason for your tooth loss then you want to make sure you don't make the same mistake twice. You want to remove your dentures and clean them anytime you eat something that may stick to them on any level. You also want to remove them to clean and soak them nightly. Always make sure to give them a good rinsing before putting them back in your mouth. Another thing you need to do is to clean your gums when you take them out to remove bacteria from their surfaces so you can avoid issues like gum disease.