Gums, teeth, dentures, implants…
The state of the mouth is increasingly important given the our foods and diet, chemicalizing of products, weak immune systems…
Our lips, teeth, and gums are trying to warn us about major health risks. Are we listening?
Is there a more brain-dead time than the 2 minutes you spend brushing your teeth? You stand in front of the mirror, bristle to enamel, foam spewing, with nary a thought in your head. Thing is, you’re missing the most important opportunity of the day for self-diagnosis.
For starters, gum disease, as evidenced by pink bristles, multiplies your risk of developing heart disease by seven.
“Unhealthy gums result from an active bacterial infection, so there’s probably something else going on in your body that’s not good,” says Domenick Zero, D.D.S., director of the oral-health research institute at Indiana University. And research has linked diseases of the mouth to problems in the pancreas, stomach, sinuses, and more. Luckily, your mouth is easier to explore than your organs, and symptoms appear early enough for you to stop the damage.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, NOT TO WORRY
Dentures might be the answer…
OK, you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
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Can you find your mouth situation here?
I am 52 years old. Upper denture x 6 years, lower x 2 yrs. I am more than healthy enough for dental surgery.
1. Are Dental implants and lupus mutually exclusive?
2. Or could i get a prosthetic that fits over the bone to stabilize the denture.? (I just love the way the bone in the lower jaw just seemed to disappear).
3. Is there a line of denture, or way to make the denture nicer – perhaps a way to pay more and actually get something of better quality. My last doc did a wonderful job, but its time for a different fit and I want to know what my options could be. …Gloria in WI (answer)