Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
A common misconception is that only people with teeth need to see the dentist. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone should see the dentist at least once every six months, according to the American Dental Association. This recommendation also applies to people with few teeth or no teeth at all. Today on the blog, we are sharing four reasons why denture wearers should see their Poway general dentist.
To detect oral health issues
Oral health involves your teeth, jawbone, gums, and other soft tissue in your mouth and throat. Even if you do not have any teeth, you could still be susceptible to developing gum disease or oral cancer. During your routine appointment with Dr. Nicol Cook, we will provide a complete assessment of your oral health and screen for common dental health issues.
To help maintain your oral hygiene
Whether you have all of your natural teeth, only one, or no teeth at all, you must maintain your oral hygiene. Even if you have lost all of your teeth and wear a complete set of dentures, you still could be at risk of developing gum disease. Furthermore, wearing a partial denture could make you more likely to develop plaque, which leads to cavities. Therefore, routine checkups and cleanings (of any remaining teeth) are essential to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
To make adjustments to your dentures
Denture wearers all deal with the same problem, jawbone loss. Teeth stimulate the jawbone, but once a tooth or multiple teeth are extracted, the jawbone recedes, which is a process that can make wearing dentures difficult or uncomfortable unless adjustments are made. Dentures are made from impressions of your mouth. But, the shape of your mouth changes as your jawbone slowly diminishes over time. This means that your dentures will need occasional adjustments. Wearing improperly fitted dentures is likely to cause discomfort, and even sores spots on your gums.
To help your dentures last longer
Visiting our family dental practice in Poway means that we regularly inspect your dentures for signs of damage or other problems. Immediately addressing these issues not only ensures a comfortable and secure fit but could also help your dentures last longer. A set of dentures isn’t designed to last forever, but proper care and maintenance could help them prolong their life.
While the ADA recommends everyone see their dentist at least once every six months, it may be beneficial for your oral health that you go more often. Your dentist will advise you on how often you should have an appointment, according to your oral health needs. Some individuals may be more susceptible to developing gum disease or oral cancer, which is why more frequent visits may be necessary. If, however, you notice any changes in your oral health between your appointments, contact the dentist right away to evaluate your condition. Dental issues often have the best outcome when dealt with early on. Teeth or no teeth, you still need to see the dentist!
To learn more ways to protect your oral health, call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.