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A few facts you should know about dentures

Whether you’re seeking information about dentures for a loved one or for yourself, it’s important that you know the facts.

The following information offers the basic facts about dentures.


  • Dentures don’t last forever.
  • Even if your dentures fit perfectly, you should still see a dental professional regularly.
  • No one has to know you’re wearing dentures.
  • Denture wearers can eat more normally.
  • Denture wearers can speak more clearly.
  • Adhesives can play a role in your denture’s fit and comfort.
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications can affect dentures.
  • Don’t assume regular denture care is too costly.
  • Never try to make your own denture repairs.
  • With planning, denture corrections can often be made in one day.
  • Don’t avoid replacing your denture just because you don’t want to go through another long adjustment period.
  • All dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for.

You’re Not Alone

The aging process affects every part of our body – even our teeth. Which means a lot of people – many of them “baby boomers” – are now among those who are getting full or partial dentures. In fact, one in five adults – including half of the over-55 generation – has at least one denture.

Why? For one thing, we’re living longer. When the 20th century began, only 3% of the population was 65 or older. One hundred years later, that age group accounted for 20 percent of the population. The fact is, our natural teeth are being asked to work longer.

Moreover, many of us assault our teeth and gum tissues on a daily basis with everything from sugar rich sodas to candy bars and chewing gum. And many of us can’t seem to find the time to brush, floss, and rinse often enough to maintain optimum oral health.

The result? Teeth begin to decay. And if you don’t care for them, they become problems and sometimes they must be pulled (extracted). Here is where more problems occur. Because, “in general, as long as the teeth are present in the jaws, the jawbone stays intact. When the teeth are extracted, the jawbone begins to melt away,” explains Dr. Keith A. Robinson, in his book, “Growing Older With Your Teeth, Or Something Like Them.”1

A more pressing problem is gum disease, which causes more lost teeth than cavities cause. This is why flossing is so important – as Dr. Robinson says, “It is the best way to clean out the garbage that rests and decomposes between teeth.” He adds, “An old saying is used by dental professionals frequently… pick out the teeth you want to keep and just floss them!”

The bottom line? Visit your dental professional regularly, because a dental professional treats mouths, with or without teeth. And if you’re having problems, ask your dental professional to try everything possible to avoid having your tooth or teeth pulled. Even the best denture isn’t likely to be as good as what Mother Nature gave you in the first place. Exhaust all opportunities…crown and bridge work, partials, precision attachments or implants (when surgically placed implants support a dental restoration)…before having any teeth pulled.

At best, dentures are a compromise. You can discuss all of your concerns here at Howick Village Denture Studio with your friendly dental professional.

1 Keith A. Robinson, D.D.S., F.A.G.D., M.A.G.D., Growing Older With Your Teeth Or Something Like Them, Synergy Publishing, Inc. 1998.

How To Clean Your Denture

Congratulations! Through modern dental technology, you (or a loved one) have regained a smile that’s almost as natural and beautiful as the one nature first provided.

Cleaning your dentures every day is one of the most important things you can do to help your smile keep its attractive appearance. If you don’t, plaque can form on dentures, making them less bright. Plus, failure to clean your dentures regularly can result in staining and denture odour, as well.

Here are a few simple tips:

  • Dentures can break, so always fill the sink with water, then clean your dentures over the sink, just in case they slip out of your hands by accident.
  • Alternatively, you can place a facecloth in the sink to avoid any possible chance of the dentures breaking if they are dropped.
  • Rinse your dentures thoroughly to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water. But never use boiling water – it can distort your dentures.
  • Apply a denture liquid soap or denture cleaning paste to a moistened denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do not use ordinary toothpaste, bleach, vinegar or soap unless directed to do so by your dental professional.
  • Brush all surfaces thoroughly. Avoid using brushes with stiff bristles, as they can damage the denture material.
  • Rinse dentures well under the tap to remove all traces of soap or cleaning paste.
  • While you sleep at night, soak your dentures in a cleanser (such as Polident, Caldent).
  • Brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled regular toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Then reinsert your dentures.
  • To give your mouth an extra, fresh clean feeling, rinse with a mouthwash.

The Modern Denture: Why It’s Better In Many Ways…

Advanced dental materials such as Ivoclar Ivocap and the BPS system create dentures that are more aesthetically pleasing, more comfortable, more durable and fit better than your parents and grandparents ever imagined.

But perhaps the greatest advancement in modern denture science is the ability to recreate much more natural-looking smiles.

  • Artificial denture teeth are designed to have the look and feel of natural teeth. We have a selection of teeth for you to choose from and your Clinician will guide you to be sure that you have the perfect smile.
  • Each tooth can be positioned individually and “naturally” to give dentures a more realistic appearance.
  • The 21st century offers a much more natural choice of colors for artificial gums and teeth.
  • New processing methods ( Ivoclar Ivocap) ensure the best possible fit, function and comfort.

And be sure to visit the Howick Village Denture Studio website. We are often updating the site with more information to help you keep smiling.