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If you think you are too young for dentures, you may want to think again. While most people associate dentures with senior citizens, many young adults and other people have missing, or teeth that need to be replaced. If you are not a good candidate for dental implants because of health or financial issues, dentures may work well for you. In many dental office, dentures can be made and fitted in a single day. One advantage to dentures is that since you can remove them, they are easy to clean.

If you have been compensating for missing teeth when you eat and speak, or even if your dentures are placing some or all of your teeth, you will find that you need some time to adjust to them. They will probably feel odd in your mouth for a while, and you will have to learn how to put them in and take them out. You also may find that for a week or so, your dentures may slip, or float. You will find that this goes away over time as you get used to living with dentures.

If you have trouble eating, cut your food into smaller pieces, or long strips to chew on both sides of your mouth until you get the hang of eating. There may be some words that you will have to learn to pronounce all over again, so take your time and practice saying them.

Your dentures need to be cleaned at least once a day to remove the food particles that have accumulated on them. Use a denture brush or soft-bristled toothbrush along with a denture paste or dish or hand soap to gently scrub your dentures, and don’t forget to brush your gums. Plaque and bacteria can build up on your gums, and brushing will also help to stimulate the blood flow.

You don’t have to live with missing teeth. If you would like to talk to our dentist, Dr. Gary Shmurak to find out if dentures are right for you, call 215-996-9968 to make an appointment at Apex Dental Care in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.