Have you lost most of or all of your teeth and use dentures as a tooth replacement? You may think that there is no point of going to the dentist on a regular basis anymore for cleanings and checkups, but that is far from the truth. Seeing your dentist is about much more than just your teeth. There are numerous reasons why you should still be heading to regular dental visits. Read on to learn a few of the most important.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is still a priority, even if you don’t have anymore natural teeth in your mouth. When you have dentures, you are still at risk for developing periodontal disease. If you have partial dentures, your remaining teeth are even more likely to develop cavities than they would be if you still had all of your teeth. Dentures aren’t vulnerable to decay like your natural teeth, but they can still build up plaque and require a professional cleaning.
Detecting Oral Health Issues
Your dentist is professionally trained to detect a vide variety of oral health issues, including oral cancer. This is a deadly disease that can often times be easily treatable when it is caught early on. However, it progresses very quickly, so missing just one appointment could mean the different between an easy treatment or intensive chemotherapy. There is evidence out there that shows that people with dentures are at higher risk for oral cancer. When you see your dentist regularly for a screening, immediate action can be taken if there are any warning signs.
Ensuring Proper Fit
When you get older, your body changes, and that includes your mouth. Over time, the hard and soft tissues in your mouth will change. This can throw off your bite and cause your dentures to be ill-fitting. This means increased discomfort, gum disease, sores, poor nutrition, TMJ, and other problems. By seeing your dentist, the necessary changes can be made so you are able to wear them more comfortably.
Increasing Denture Life
While dentures have yet to be made to last forever, they can last for many years. By heading to your dentist regularly, you can have adjustments and repairs made to prolong their life.
Having dentures doesn’t mean that you don’t need to see your dentist. With regular visits, you can work to keep your new smile healthy and prevent oral health issues going forward.
About the Author
Dr. Steve Scannell is an experience dentist who has been working in the field for more than three decades. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, Valley District Dental Society, and the University of Buffalo Dental Alumni Association. To learn more about dentures or to schedule an appointment at his office in East Longmeadow, visit his website or call (413) 525-6821.