Are Your Dentures Making You Sick?
Whether you got your dentures at The Waterford Dentist or somewhere else they've been a constant companion to you for a long time! They've helped you smile, eat, and live a life you missed out on when you had missing teeth. They might not be perfect but they've always been there for you!
But that doesn't mean they don't have serious problems. Recent studies have actually shown that dentures can contain incredibly dangerous bacteria, especially to older patients who may have compromised immune systems! We don't want you to fall prey to these conditions keep reading to find out what could happen and what you should do to prevent it!
Denture Diseases: What's The Cause?
You've probably heard of plaque. It's that sticky white film that builds up on your teeth and dentures during the day. It's a problem for everyone whether they have natural teeth or not! You may have noticed that your dentures feel sort of gross at the end of the day and that's why!
Just like your natural teeth there are some dangerous bacteria on your dentures! But dentures also have an additional problem that isn't a problem for natural teeth: they spend a lot of time out of your mouth exposed to airborne illnesses! There's any number of way you can pick up harmful bacteria on teeth that don't stay in your mouth all the time!
When you breath through your mouth you run the risk of inhaling these dangerous bacteria right off your dentures and into your lungs!
What Are The Risks?
Studies of the bacteria content of dentures have turned up two particularly alarming bacteria strains: pneumonia and the bacteria that causes MRSA, a hard to treat staph infection of the lungs! These conditions can be very threatening to older adults and the bacteria was found on over 60 percent of the dentures studies! That means there's a better chance than not that one of those bacteria strains is in your mouth right now!
Preventing Denture Diseases
Stopping denure diseases before they start requires excellent oral hygiene! Here's how to keep your dentures extra clean:
- Rinse your dentures each time you eat. Take that time to rinse your mouth out as well.
- When brushing your dentures in the evening make sure you use a special denture toothbrush and denture toothpaste. They're both designed to clean the special materials that your dentures are made of.
- Brush your mouth as well, but not with your denture equipment!
- Make sure to soak your dentures overnight in a denture soaking solution. The solutions are preferred over water because they give your dentures a bit more of a cleanliness boost!
- Rinse your dentures before you put them in your mouth in the morning.
Never sleep in your dentures!
Looking For A Denture Alternative?
If you're sick and tired of caring for your dentures there is something else you can do: get dental implants at our Waterford dentist office! Dental implants enable us to permanently attach full mouth bridges that stay in place and act just like real teeth!
Dental implants are an amazing way to restore everything from a single missing tooth to a whole mouthful! Imagine living with a permanent set of fixed teeth that you don't have to take out in the evening and just care for like real teeth! That's what implants can do for you!
Our full mouth implant bridges are complete replacements for your dentures. Using four dental implants we'll craft you a complete set of new teeth that are attached permanently to your jaws! You'll be able to eat all the foods you love and smile without fear of your dentures slipping out of place!
Come See Us To Discuss Your Options!
Whether you need an exam, want to talk about your future with dentures, or would like to find out if dental implants are for you we can help! Call The Waterford Dentist today at (248) 257-5394 or request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!