Just like most North Americans, Canadians love their teeth and are committed to maintaining proper oral health. Did you know that the majority — 73% — of Canadians brush twice a day as recommended? Furthermore, Canadians spent an impressive $12.5 billion on dental services in 2013.
Unfortunately, despite being so diligent about their oral health, it’s been reported that seven out of ten Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their life. Also known as gingivitis, gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque build up. While the body’s immune system fights to keep infection at bay, the gums can become inflamed and may even bleed during brushing.
If left untreated gingivitis can eventually lead to periodontitis, a condition in which the bacteria found in plaque eventually break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss, in which case wearing partial or full dentures is required. Full dentures may not always be necessary, as partial dentures may be sufficient in some cases.
Many people are reluctant to wear dentures, and understandably so. After all, the wooden dentures worn generations ago have given dentures a bad reputation. Luckily, dentures today have a come long, long way, and are much different — and more comfortable — than their predecessors.
Today, there are a number of different types of dentures available. A dental professional, such as a dentist or prosthodontist, can help determine which kind of denture is best for the patient’s needs, though a denturist will be responsible for making them.
In addition to being more comfortable, modern dentures are also far more natural looking than those worn by previous generations. In fact, many people aren’t even able to tell when someone is wearing dentures unless they are told! All they can see is a beautiful, radiant, and natural looking smile.