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5 Myths About False Teeth

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If your teeth are badly decayed, your dentist may have said you need to have them removed and get dentures instead. Many people worry that life with false teeth will be a drag, but this doesn't have to be the case. Here are five common myths about false teeth that need to be busted.

1. Only Old People Have False Teeth

People of all ages lose teeth. Perhaps a road traffic accident or incident on the sports field knocked out some of your teeth, leaving you needing partial dentures. Alternatively, you might have a medical condition that has affected your teeth. Whatever your reason for needing false teeth at a young age, you're not alone.

2. You'll Never Eat Your Favourite Foods Again

One of the most common myths about dentures is that they severely limit the number of foods you can eat. Many people worry they won't be able to eat chewy foods like meat or gum, or that eating hard foods like nuts will damage their dentures. However, many denture users can eat and enjoy these foods. When you first get your dentures, you may want to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew, as you will need to get used to the different sensation of chewing with false teeth. However, in time you should be able to introduce more foods and enjoy a varied diet.

3. False Teeth Are Painful

Well-fitting false teeth should not be painful. If you have pain, it is probably because your dentures are moving around inside your mouth and scraping against your gums or cheeks. Denture adhesive is a short-term solution to ill-fitting dentures, but ultimately you should go to your dentist to have your false teeth adjusted or replaced.

4. You Don't Need to Clean False Teeth

Although false teeth can't decay like natural teeth, it is still important to keep them clean. A bacterial film called plaque can build up on false teeth if you don't clean them regularly. This bacteria can infect your gums. To protect yourself from gum disease, clean your dentures every day by scrubbing them gently with a soft toothbrush.

5. People Can Tell You're Wearing Dentures

Dentures are designed to look just like real teeth. Well-fitting dentures don't move around when you talk or smile, so nobody will be able to tell you're wearing them. However, it may take a few days for you to get used to your new teeth. Practice talking in front of the mirror so you can get used to wearing them.

Talk to your dentist about the benefits of getting false teeth to learn more information.