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Some people think that nursing home residents are the only ones who wear dentures. However, these devices are often recommended for individuals of any age who have trouble chewing or speaking due to missing or loose teeth.
According to a recent article published by Indiana-based WISHTV News, more than 50 million Americans wear dentures.
The news provider explained that people who need dentures are not necessarily in pain due to oral health problems. In fact, patients who are prescribed these devices often experience a slow and progressive degeneration of dental health that they may not even notice.
Some signs that a person may need dentures include a chronic bad taste in the mouth, bad breath, puffy gums, loose teeth, or broken or fractured teeth, the news source said.
One dentist told the news organization that dentures should be replaced every five to seven years, since they can accumulate bacteria and cause irritation or sores in the mouth with prolonged use.
The American Dental Association states the denture wearers should still visit the dentist at least two times annually, as is recommended for individuals who do not use the devices.
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