Losing one’s teeth – partially or completely – can be upsetting.

Whether you are part of the ageing population that loses teeth naturally due to ageing or you have lost your teeth through trauma, you may be wondering what to do.

Dentures are artificial teeth and gums to replace partial and complete tooth loss. They are made to closely resemble natural teeth to restore self-confidence or self-esteem.

And if you think you’re too young to think about wearing dentures, then think again.

Research by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has revealed that 10% of the Malaysian population wear dentures and they could be as young as 35 years old.

So if you are one of many who will be fitted with their dentures for the first time, would you know what to do in terms of taking care of your dentures or other similar concerns?

Furthermore, for first-time denture wearers, the experience of wearing dentures can be challenging as they worry about having difficulties in speaking or singing.

C.K. Lee, a former opera singer, relates his personal embarrassing experience.

“Twenty years ago, I was singing solo in a concert. Suddenly, my dentures fell out from my mouth and the audience were all laughing,” he recalls. “I was so embarrassed.”

CK Lee related his first-time challenge with dentures while singing.

CK Lee related his first-time challenge with dentures while singing.

GSK’s research has also revealed that some denture wearers end up avoiding their friends, as they are embarrassed to share the challenges in wearing dentures with them. Additionally, some denture wearers feel that their family members do not understand the challenges that they face.

There are however, those who embrace denture-wearing and regain their former vibrancy.

According to Manjit Kaur, who is in the process of getting dentures from her dentist, “I lost my tooth and it has affected my confidence, especially when I need to smile in photos.”

However, she is also optimistic as she says “I believe that with dentures,” she beams, “I will be able to smile confidently again.”

Manjit Kaur has embraced using dentures and says it helps her to smile confidently.

Manjit Kaur has embraced using dentures and says it helps her to smile confidently.

Most denture wearers don’t use adhesive, research has uncovered. This is puzzling as adhesive is the paste that is essential to providing a firmer hold for the dentures.

Once the dentures are held firmly in place through the wearer’s act of applying Polident adhesive and then biting the dentures together, there is greater confidence that they will not fall out while singing or speaking.

Polident adhesive could also provide denture wearers 38% more bite force compared to no adhesive application and helps seal out food particles giving an enjoyable eating experience.

Users can also expect the adhesive holds their dentures strong for 12 hours, a 3D hold for a comfortable fit.

Research has also uncovered some interesting and unsettling facts. Less than half of Malaysians – 49% to be precise – who are denture-wearers will only visit their dentist when they have a problem.

They tend to avoid a trip to the dentist due to their cost concerns, or that they find the dentist visit to be intimidating.

However, GSK recommends denture-wearers – of any age – to visit their preferred dentist if they encounter any difficulty or have concerns with their dentures.

There are also other solutions available for denture wearers such as Polident’s range of denture cleanser that helps kill 99.99% odor-causing bacteria. With its unique formulation, it cleanses without scratching whilst removing plaque and stains on the denture for a cleaner and fresher denture.