I love to help others, but like many people today, I don't have a huge bank account that allows me to make large donations to charities. I still try to donate items I can afford to the needy, and two items that are always appreciated by local food banks are toothpaste and toothbrushes. These two items can make huge differences in the lives of needy people who cannot afford them, as it helps them keep their teeth healthy now and avoid expensive dental bills in the future. Remember that giving does not have to mean donating large sums of money to charities. I created this blog to remind people that giving dental care items to the needy can be a great contribution to society that anyone can afford.
Even though your dentist will try his hardest to make sure that your dentures stay in your mouth, there are certain problems that your dentures can run into that can cause them to become loose. Your dentures can also cause gum irritation. For this reason, you will need to work closely with your dentist to make sure that your dentures fit properly.
Changes in Your Gums and Bones
Your gums and bones change over time and when you lose your teeth, your gums will shrink away. If you notice that your dentures are not fitting properly, your dentist will need to make adjustments or completely replace them. Do not try to make adjustments yourself because any mistakes you make could exacerbate your symptoms.
Some patients believe that if their dentures are loose, they simply need an adhesive cream to hold the dentures in place. However, the adhesive is not meant to be used permanently and the dentures should ultimately fit on their own. Also, using adhesives too much can lead to an over-exposure to zinc.
When the dentures do not fit properly, you will experience discomfort. This results from the dentures exerting pressure against your gums. The discomfort tends to increase over time until you have the loose dentures adjusted. You may also struggle to speak properly and some words will become more difficult to pronounce.
The areas where the gums are damaged as a result of improperly-fitted dentures can lead to yeast and bacterial infections. Some patients may also experience rashes or fungal infections.
The Effects of Drugs On Your Dentures
Depending on the drugs you take, you may need to have either your dentures or your prescription adjusted. For instance, if your drugs cause a dry mouth, this can interfere with the suction that is necessary to hold your dentures in place. Some drugs can cause changes in the same of your mouth. For this reason, you will need to be clear with your doctor regarding what you have been prescribed.
Make Sure You Regularly Consult with Your Dentist
To make sure that your dentures are always fitting properly, they should be checked once a year for signs of wear and to determine if it fits properly or if the dentures need adjustments. Dentures that feel fine may actually be causing damage to your jaw and gums, so only your dentists can identify any problems. Also, there may be new technologies that your dentist can begin using that will improve the fit of your new dentures.