Your dentures are designed for daily wear. But for some people, the discomfort they cause or extra care required to clean them every day drives them to not wear their dentures every day. By not wearing your dentures every day, you are actually putting your mouth, and your health, in danger.
You Won't Get Used to Them
When you first get dentures, it will take some time to get used to them. Because you have a foreign object in your mouth, you need to learn how to eat and speak with them in. Your gums also need time to become accustomed to the pressure of dentures.
By not wearing your dentures every day, your gums cannot acclimate, and you are more likely to experience discomfort and sores every time you put them in.
They Won't Fit
Without your teeth, the bone in your jaw slowly begins to resorb. Over time, it begins to change shape. Without your dentures, this process accelerates, just as it does with poorly fitting dentures. This means that when you need your dentures most, they most likely will no longer fit properly.
Dentures replace your teeth, allowing you to bite and chew your food well, which aids in proper digestion. Without them, your food choices are limited, and you cannot thoroughly chew your food. Your body has to work harder to digest what you do eat. As a result, you are likely to suffer malnutrition.
Premature AgingYour teeth provide support to your face. Your dentures take over this job. If you don't wear your dentures every day, your face begins to sink in and wrinkles form around your mouth, neck and even your eyes. Even though dentures can fill out your face when you do put them in, the wrinkles will remain, prematurely aging you.
Thrown Off Balance
Your dentures help to keep your jaw in proper alignment, like your natural teeth used to do. When you aren't wearing your dentures, your jaw is out of alignment and this can actually throw you off balance, increasing your risk for falling.
Wearing your dentures every day is essential to a better quality of life. If you have any questions about your dentures, or you still find them uncomfortable to wear, speak with your dentist today.
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