How having better teeth can improve your sex life!
Sex is undoubtedly important. It influences selfesteem, psychic well-being and health.
Upon reaching a certain age, some parts of the body experience the usual deterioration, either because of the passage of time or accidents. These changes often negatively influence the way we enjoy our body and how we feel when others observe us.
The situation worsens if, in addition, sexual practice is reduced, either by the effects of age or by the monotony of prolonged relationships. That is when, at the moment we enjoy it, letting oneself be overcome by insecurity could annoy the whole experience.
Dentures can lead to very embarrassing incidents for those who use them: falling out in the middle of the sexual act, their removal to clean them after intercourse or toothless sunrise next to the desired person! The discovery of frolicking with an edentulous (ie someone lacking teeth) is an experience that we always try to hide. As if it wasn’t enough to avoid eating certain foods for fear of being ridi-culous, from an apple to an undercooked steak. No, it was not enough torture.
Many elderly patients, however, refuse to conform to the passing of age and go to dental clinics looking for a solution that DOES exist.
“The Dentures and Their Impact on Social and Sexual Activities” by Heydecke G, Thomason JM, Lund JP, Feine JS study published in 2005 in Journal Dent and Nature makes it clear in their conclusions: Implant-support-ed mandibular over-dentures provide greater relief from problems associated with denture-wearing in social and sexual activities than conven-tional dentures.
This research was con-ducted with 102 edentulous subjects (age range, 35–65 years), who were recruited and randomised to the test group (number with implant retained dentures, 54; mean age, 50.8 years) or control group (number with conventional dentures, 48; mean age, 51.2 years). Following treatment, signifi-cant effects of the treatment were found on scores of the oral health impact profile (OHIP) and most of the items of a social impact question-naire. Subjects given implant retained dentures had lower impacts on all OHIP scores than people with conventional dentures; the mean score was 34 points lower post-treatment for implant retained dentures, versus 9 points lower for conventional dentures. Treatment had a significant impact on all but three of the social and sexual impact items.
Experts support the conclusions of the study. “Dental implants are, today, the best solution to the loss of teeth,” says the Artedental clinic, in Puerto de la Cruz, one of the centres with the longest trajectory in the Canary Islands in the placement of dental implants .
In the first place, it is practically imperceptible that it is an artificial substitute; and second and unlike dentures or bridges, they are “screwed” to the bone, and therefore do not move. But best of all and that the patient usually does not usually value is its fun-ctionality: they behave like natural teeth. The bite is the same as with our teeth thanks to the adjustment of the dentist and the prosthetic, and they do not allow the loss of bone mass or that the remains of food are introduced into the cavities, avoiding infections or pro-blems in the gums.
“The aesthetic issue in oral health has become a factor of great importance in recent decades. We, as professio-nals, always add it to fun-ctionality (a correct bite will affect, for example, proper digestion or the absence of cervical discomfort), but today we emphasise that oral aesthetics, with certainty, contribute to social relations and improve patient self-esteem, ” they conclude from the Artedental clinic.