January 30, 2021
Brushing and flossing your teeth is one of the best ways to prevent decay, plaque buildup, and gum disease. However, implementing a solid oral hygiene routine plays an important role in fighting off non-dental issues like oral cancer as well. If this serious health concern can lead to jaw discomfort, sores in your mouth, problems chewing, numbness in your face – the list goes on! But what does this have to do with dentures? Well, this tooth-replacement solution has been named one of the top risk factors for years. Let’s discuss the dangers of slipping dentures, prevention tactics, and how your dentist can help!
Oral Cancer and Dentures: The Link
Modern dentures have undergone vast improvements over the last 20+ years. With that being said, they still aren’t able to stimulate your jawbone, like dental implants, and require frequent adjustment appointments to stay in place. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience slipping, which can irritate the gums and trap harmful substances, like tobacco and bacteria, underneath. The subsequent inflammation can cause the cells to become cancerous, resulting in a higher risk of oral cancer.
5 Prevention Tactics for Patients with Dentures
Fortunately, the dentures themselves aren’t the cause of oral cancer. In reality, it’s chronic, poor oral habits that are the culprit. Therefore, make sure to prioritize the below prevention tactics:
- Refrain from excessive alcohol use.
- Never use tobacco products.
- Clean your dentures daily.
- Brush and floss any natural teeth as well.
- Visit your dentist regularly for adjustment appointments, dental checkups, and teeth cleanings.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Whether you have only lost a few teeth or are missing all of them, your dentist is your oral health’s greatest ally through and through. In addition to playing a vital role in the early detection of oral cancer, they can also provide your oral cavity with a professional cleaning to prevent inflammation. Plus, they can adjust your dentures as needed to ensure they fit snugly and keep an eye on their condition so they can recommend replacing them when it comes time.
Partial, full, and implant-retained dentures all have the ability to rebuild your smile, restore your biteforce, and enhance your speech. To enjoy amazing benefits like these for as long as possible, make sure to prioritize caring for them (and your mouth!) daily.
About the Practice
At Dental Center of Jacksonville, patients and their smiles enjoy an experienced, friendly team, the latest in proven dental technology, and a long list of comfort-based amenities. Plus, our comprehensive array of services ensures you can get everything from preventive care to denture replacements all under one roof. To learn more about caring for your dentures or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 904-262-9466.
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