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Two benefits of getting dentures to replace your missing teeth

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If, as a result of an accident or an oral disease, you have lost several or all of your teeth, it might be worth investing in a set of dentures. Here are two of the main benefits of this dental accessory.

A more attractive smile

A full set of clean, straight white teeth is considered to be a sign of good health; as such, it's common for those who have lost teeth to feel less confident and less attractive.

The impact that this can have on a person's wellbeing and quality of life should not be underestimated; if they feel that their teeth are off-putting to those around them, they may start to avoid having long conversations with others, smile less frequently and in extreme cases, even begin to isolate themselves.

Having a high-quality set of cosmetic dentures fitted can drastically improve a person's self-confidence and enable them to freely express themselves, without having to worry about whether or not other people find their smile unappealing. In many cases, these cosmetic dentures are significantly more attractive than the real teeth that the person lost; they can be designed to be perfectly evenly-shaped and white, to create a truly beautiful smile.

Dentures can also address the sinking-in of the facial muscles (something that often occurs when several teeth are missing), by providing structural support which keeps these muscles in their correct positions. This can give the wearer a more youthful and healthy appearance.

An improvement in digestive health

It's a common misconception that the digestive process begins in the stomach. The truth is that very first stage occurs in the mouth. The act of breaking down food into smaller pieces with the teeth makes it easier for the stomach to process. Chewing also results in the release of enzymes in the mouth which help the body to fully digest and absorb the nutrients from the food that is being consumed.

If a person is missing a lot of teeth, this will almost certainly have a negative impact on their digestive health.

Because breaking the food down into smaller pieces will take much longer (due to the absence of multiple teeth), they may find themselves swallowing partially-chewed, large chunks of food. This could result in digestive issues such as heartburn and an upset stomach.

A full set of dentures can resolve this issue immediately, by enabling the wearer to completely break down the food that they put into their mouth before they swallow it.