You see today, on television and internet, the importance of keeping your mouth clean and having good dental hygiene. Personal hygiene is very important, as more and more people are finding out that without washing your hands, or taking showers on a regular basis invites harmful germs to enter the body and make the person sick. However, many denture wearers ignore dental hygiene practices as they believe that the false teeth allow them to not have to worry about preserving the teeth they have.
This paragraph was the one that I read at my dentist office concerning the half-plate dentures that I was going to be getting. My teeth had been weak from the moment they broke through when I was a child and now that I was older, I was having to have the broken teeth removed and be fitted for what they called a “half-plate”. I was a little disappointed that I would be stuck with these things for the rest of my life; after all, my grandparents wore these things, not someone in their 20’s.
The process wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. My dentist was understanding and fully believed in making sure his patients wouldn’t be in pain while they were on the chair. I was numbed up, my teeth were out, and he measured my gums. He then said that I needed to go back in six weeks to pick up my new plates and make sure they fit comfortably.
The entire time I was waiting, I was told to eat normally, brush and floss like I had been doing, and let my gums heal. Of course, my grandmother had a lot to say about my new plates. I heard everything from “They will never fit right” to “You will have to use this brand of denture cream to keep them from sliding.” By the time I was ready to pick up my dentures, I was tired of hearing about them. I was not ready to discuss cleaning procedures with my dentist, but I sat through it regardless.
I learned that my new teeth were not as resilient as my old ones, and that while they could not get cavities, they could harbor germs that would make me very sick. I would have to get a special cleaning solution to soak my teeth in and then gently brush them with a manual toothbrush as electronic brushes were too rough on the surface of the denture plate. I was told that with age, I will have to be outfitted with new plates as my gums would change and my current plate would become loose, but that as long as I followed the cleaning regime I should be fine.
The information I got from my dentist was so different from what my grandparents gave me that I thought they had possibly been going off the information from when they obtained their own plates, some 30 years ago, and tried telling them what I had learned. Of course, this didn’t go over so well. As far as I know, they are still sleeping with their plates in, soaking them in denture cream, clacking them against each other, and letting sores develop in their mouths because they don’t want to go to a dentist to get new plates. But oh well. I have had my plates for seven years now and every 6 months I go to my dentist who says that my care of the teeth is excellent and that the false and real teeth are looking great.