Dentures are not just about restoring a smile. They are integral to maintaining optimal physical health. Many denture wearers overlook the importance of regular replacement, unwittingly exposing themselves to a myriad of hidden dangers. From jawbone deterioration to digestive issues and oral infections, the repercussions of wearing outdated or ill-fitting dentures can be severe.
One of the primary concerns that denture wearers do not feel on their gums is the impact on jawbone health. Unlike natural teeth, which stimulate the underlying bone through biting and chewing, dentures accelerate bone loss over time. This deterioration not only affects the stability of the dentures but can also alter facial structure leading to a prematurely aged appearance (the witches-look).
Moreover, poorly fitting dentures can hinder proper chewing and digestion, potentially resulting in malnutrition and gastrointestinal discomfort. The inability to adequately break down food can also contribute to issues such as acid reflux.
Furthermore, stagnant saliva and food particles trapped beneath poorly fitting dentures create a breeding ground for bacteria, raising the risk of oral infections such as gingivitis and stomatitis. Left unchecked, these infections can spread to other parts of the body, exacerbating existing health conditions, and compromising overall well-being.
Together, let’s embark on a journey toward better oral health and overall well-being.
Yours in good oral health,
Jon Nolan, DD
Nolan Denture Clinic
333 Springbank Drive