Dentures might be a good solution if you have lost all or some of your natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dentures can benefit your health and appearance, but people often fear dentures because of some common misconceptions. They will improve your ability to eat and speak, and protect any remaining natural teeth. Let’s put those false rumors about “falsies” to bed because dentures are a great option.
Myth #1: People can tell you are wearing dentures. FALSE.
Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth. Not only will they resemble your old smile, but they may even improve your smile and appearance! When you lose your teeth, your facial muscles may begin to sag, making your face appear older. Dentures can help improve your profile by providing that support in your face.
Myth #2: It’s hard to eat while wearing dentures. FALSE.
You may have heard that wearing dentures restricts your diet, but it is quite the opposite. Many foods are difficult to consume without teeth. Some foods can be cooked so they are softer, but there are many foods that cannot. If you notice that your dentures are becoming loose or not fitting well while eating, it may be time to get a new pair or consult with your dentist.
Myth #3: All dentures are the same. FALSE.
Not all dentures are made with the same quality, so it is important to tell your dentist exactly what you seek. A cheaper pair may not last as long, or look as good, so don’t go bargain shopping for teeth. Some people have learned that the hard way.
Myth #4: Dentures smell bad. FALSE.
It is true that dentures can smell bad, but for the same reasons that someone with a mouth full of natural teeth can have bad breath. Anyone who has bad oral hygiene may put off a less-than-pleasant odor. Make sure you brush them to remove any plaque, clean your mouth after each use, and soak them overnight.
Myth #5: Dentures last forever. FALSE.
Think about your dentures like a pair of glasses. Sure they will last you awhile, but regular wear and tear will cause the quality to decrease, no matter how well you take care of them. Proper care will help expand the life of them. Visit another post of ours: The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Dentures.
Myth #6: Now that I have dentures, I don’t need the dentist anymore. FALSE!!
This is one of the most common misconceptions, and it is absolutely not true. Your dentist checks more than just your teeth, so your overall oral health is at stake if you stop going to the dentist. We check your gums, tongue, oral tissue, and the walls of your mouth to detect early onset of oral diseases. Also, we will inspect your dentures for proper care, and you may have some questions about oral health we can answer.
Have you heard any other myths about dentures? Please let us know, and we will bust those myths as well! Are you curious whether or not you need dentures? Contact us today to schedule an appointment!