No two denturists are the same. If you have been wearing dentures for a while, you know that no two sets of dentures are the same. Finding a quality, experienced denturist can seriously impact the comfort of your dentures. You do not have to deal with loose plates, gums that are rubbed raw, distorted speech, and the inability to eat your favorite foods. If you have any of these problems, there are a few things that you can try before replacing your dentures. Use what I have learned over my 15 years of wearing dentures to find a perfect fit and optimum comfort in your dentures.
It may surprise you how many germs and bacteria get into your body, causing damage and disease simply because you have gingivitis. However, if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The bacteria in your gums, causing them to bleed, swell, and hurt travels through the blood to other parts of the body, possibly causing infections around your heart and other organs. Now, taking that a bit further, gum disease can also effect some of the common chronic diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease. Here is a bit of information on each.
Diabetes and periodontal disease seem to go hand in hand. If you are diabetic, you are more prone to periodontal disease, and if you have periodontal disease, your diabetes will be harder to control. When you have uncontrolled diabetes, your sugar level is high in your saliva as well as your blood. This provides an excellent food for any bacteria or germs in your mouth. They will slip into your gums and multiply, causing gum disease. In the reverse situation, if you develop gum disease due to poor oral hygiene, it can increase your blood sugar levels. This will affect how much medication you need to control the diabetes and could cause diabetic complications such as ketoacidosis or a diabetic coma.
Like diabetes, periodontal disease and Alzheimer's Disease can be a vicious cycle. Patients suffering with Alzheimer's disease may not remember to perform routine dental care, leaving food particles and bacteria to decay and cause gum disease. On the other side of the coin, if you are worried about developing Alzheimer's Disease because some people in your family have it, take good care of your teeth and gums. Preventing gum disease can delay the onset of Alzheimer's. Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between gum disease and Alzheimer's
If you suffer with either of these diseases, or are worried you will eventually, be sure to see a periodontist at the first sign of gum disease. These signs include inflamed gums, bleeding or sore gums, loose teeth, receding gums, bad breath, or always have a nasty taste in your mouth. If you cannot get in see to a periodontist right away, or need a referral, make an appointment with your regular dentist. He or she can start the process to improve the situation and make sure you have a periodontist completely cure the gum disease. Both dental professionals will help you learn ways to avoid periodontal disease in the future.