In Greek mythology, the Graeae are three dread sisters who share only one eye and one tooth between them. They’re most famous for their role in Perseus’ story, told and retold as Clash of the Titans . Although they were terrible, their reliance on a shared eye made them vulnerable, and Perseus exploited this vulnerability to get the knowledge he needed from them.
Fortunately, two men in Australia who had to share the same denture learned that modern life is a lot more charitable than that in the pagan past. When people at the Exodus Foundation realized that two men had to share the same denture, they rushed them in for care and now both have their own, new dentures.
The story begins with a man who came to the volunteer dental clinic complaining of painful gums. A triage dentist asked to see inside his mouth. When she saw that he had no teeth, she asked what was causing the soreness. He then showed the denture in his hand. She checked the fit of the denture and found it didn’t fit at all.
That’s when the man confessed that the denture wasn’t actually his. Instead, it belonged to his friend. And he just borrowed it to chew his food, then gave it back.
The dentist wa so struck by this story that she immediately ushered him inside the clinic where he was fitted for new dentures. His friend was also fitted with new dentures.
Why You Shouldn’t Share Dentures
Hopefully, you are never in a situation where you are tempted to share dentures with another person. But if you ever are, here are some reasons not to.
Germs: Obviously, there’s a lot of potential for sharing germs if you’re passing dentures back and forth from your mouth to someone else’s mouth. This can include oral bacteria, Candida fungus, and viruses. Even if you do what you think is a thorough cleaning of the dentures between, bacterial biofilms can be hard to remove. That’s why overnight soaking is recommended to make sure dentures are clean.
Food: And if you do a less thorough cleaning of the dentures when you hand them off, you might find that there is still some food stuck to them. This isn’t just gross–it can increase the chances that you’ll get sick from sharing dentures.
Fit: Obviously, dentures have to be precisely fitted to your mouth to give you optimal results. If dentures are fitted to someone else’s mouth, they aren’t fitted to yours. Poor denture fit can lead to discomfort, it’s true, but that’s just the beginning of the problem. Poorly fitting dentures can cause you to lose bone from your jaw faster. And if used for a long period of time, they can increase your cancer risk.
And poor fit can even cause the dentures to break. Imagine how you’ll feel when suddenly neither of you has dentures.
Get Your Own Dentures
Hopefully, we’ve convinced you that you should never share dentures with anyone. If you’ve decided it would be best to get your own set of dentures in Columbia, SC, please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with a denture dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.