Wearing dentures can be a scary thing and the fact that there is a lot of miscommunication out in the world doesn’t help. “We want our clients to get proper information about dentures,” says Christine L. Reekie, DD of Riverview Denture Clinic in Parry Sound. “Some people come in with misconceptions that keep them from seeing a denturist and getting the proper care they need for their oral health and wellbeing.”
Maybe you’ve heard some of these myths. Riverview Denture Clinic wants to set the record straight.
Myth #1 – All dentures are made from one common mold for all patients
“Not only is this one not true, but it really doesn’t even make sense,” says Christine. The truth is that each denture is handcrafted and custom made to fit the person who will be wearing them. It would be impossible to create the same denture twice as the mold is destroyed during the processing so the finishing can be completed by hand.
Myth #2 – Getting dentures is a “once and done” experience
Getting dentures is like getting glasses. Over the years your eyesight is going to change and you will need to replace your glasses if you want to keep your vision as sharp as possible. It’s the same with dentures. “The tissue in your mouth is constantly changing and can be affected by many variables including your health, weight, medications, etc,” says Christine. Your dentures should be checked annually and replaced every 5 to 7 years.
Myth #3 – I’ll know I have good dentures if I can take a bite out of an apple with my front teeth
This one probably originated from denture adhesive commercials that wanted to demonstrate how well their product held the dentures in place. However, biting off hard food with the front teeth is never a good idea for denture wearers. The can cause soreness and accelerate bone loss making future dentures more difficult to fit. The fix? Simply cut food into bite size pieces.
If you have questions about dentures or would like to schedule a consultation, call Riverview Denture Clinic at 705-746-4290 or visit them online at www.riverviewdentureclinic.com.