Dentures 101

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Inadequate dental care, accidents, or simple ageing - all these may cause a person to shift to wearing dentures to fill in their missing teeth.

But just like natural teeth, dentures require a lot of care to prevent bacteria from building up on the surface, to prolong their life, and to make sure they fit well and are secure in the mouth.

In the Philippines, one out of nine Filipinos in the major urban areas wear dentures, or about nine million people. A recent study also showed that the Philippines has the highest incidence of denture wearers in Asia. Majority are in the thirty five to sixty nine year-old age group, with eighty four percent residing in Metro Manila, nine percent in Metro Cebu and six percent in Metro Davao.

The Polident installation will be inaugurated at the Rajah Sulayman in Malate, Manila on May 15-17. Other schedules are on May 22 to 24 at the Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila and on May 29 to 31 at Tutuban Market.

Polident, a line of denture care products by GlaxoSmithKline, shares some simple tips in caring for dentures to prevent discomfort brought about by trapped food, denture move-ment, and unnatural appearance, and allow the wearer to always eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Brush your dentures using denture cleanser only. Clean your dentures as you would with natural teeth, but use a toothbrush and cleanser specifically made for dentures.

Polident Denture Cleanser is designed to clean dentures daily with its anti-abrasivity properties which regular toothpaste does not have. While toothpaste works best for natural teeth, Polident Denture Cleanser works best on dentures because it’s free of abrasive chemicals that create holes on the dentures’ surfaces. Furthermore, many toothpaste brands contain bleaching chemicals that cause damage to dentures and whiten its pinkish portion. Polident Denture Cleanser is formulated to clean dentures daily and to kill 99.9 percent of odor-causing bacteria. 

Handle with care. Dentures do not come cheap. To preserve them, clean your dentures over a sink full of water or a folded towel for protection in case you accidentally drop them. Do not use regular toothpaste on dentures to prolong its life. When not in use, dentures must be stored in a clean, dry place out of reach of children or pets.

Watch out for changes in fit. Because of daily wear and tear, dentures loosen. Poorly fitting dentures can cause sores or a burning pain in the mouth or gum area. You can also get abdominal gas from excess swallowing of air. If you feel that your dentures are starting to fit poorly, have them adjusted by a dentist.

Give your dentures a break. It’s good to give your mouth muscles a break by removing your dentures before going to bed at night, preferably for about six to eight hours. This prevents the gums and mouth from getting abrasions. Soak your dentures in either warm water or a special denture cleaning solution while on break from them.

Polident Adhesive Cream helps secure dentures properly and seals off gaps to stop food particles from getting into dentures. Applying Polident Adhesive Cream on dentures once a day helps fasten it securely for up to twelve hours.

Polident Denture Cleanser, on the other hand, is formulated to clean dentures, remove stains and kill 99.9 percent of odor-causing particles. Many denture wearers use regular toothpaste to clean their dentures which should not be the case. Toothpaste contains abrasives that scratch dentures, leaving small holes where bacteria can collect and grow. Toothpaste also contains bleaching chemicals that may damage the dentures and whiten its pink portion. 

Polident dares denture wearers to live a healthy life free of inhibitions by taking the Poli-dent Challenge. For free samples and delivery nationwide of both Polident Denture Cleanser and Polident Adhesive Cream, call 924-2475.

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