It shouldn’t come as a surprise that about 15% of the edentulous population has dentures made each year. Just consider the facts. Not only do one in four adults fail to brush twice a day, including a third of men, but only half of adults say they visit their dentist every six months. It’s no wonder that Americans have trouble with their teeth.
Luckily, dentures can help — a lot more than you might think. Here’s what you might not know.
Dentures Can Help Your Diet
If you didn’t realize it yet, the mouth is the first part of the digestive system. If you can’t chew your food well because you’re missing teeth, then you’re initially going to have digestive problems, right out of the gate. If you can’t chew your food properly, your digestive system isn’t going to function properly, in other words.
Dentures Can Help You Speak Better
Your teeth actually help you articulate your words. If some are missing — particularly the front ones — then you’re going to have some problems talking. For example, the way the “S” is pronounced and the “T” require the tongue to move in certain positions around the front teeth. If they’re not there, you’re going to struggle to correctly make those pronunciations.
Dentures Can Save Your Teeth
Dentures actually save your other teeth, you know. When you’re missing teeth, the ones surrounding the empty spaces begin to drift towards one another to fill in the missing space. This can actually lead to even more tooth loss, as it increases the wear and tear on your teeth.
If you’re missing teeth, talk to one of your area’s general dentists about the dental procedures that may help you. After all, without dentures , you may not be able to eat properly, or speak properly. You could even lose some teeth.
If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.