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     Swallowing dental foreign objects, dentures, toothbrushes and toothpicks, is common.  They will often lodge in the throat or stomach which can cause a potentially life threatening situation.

    Accidentally swallowing a denture may happen during sleep, due to a poor fitting appliance or even possibly while drunk.  Accidental ingestion of partial dentures has required surgical removal procedures.

Loose fitting dentures an be dangerous to your oral and overall health

    Denture wears must remember that the bone underneath their denture will change, changing the shape of the mouth, but not of the denture, in turn causing a loose-filling appliance which increases the chance of swallowing it.  Also a loose fitting denture can cause  loss of palate sensitivity making the denture wearer more prone to swallowing chicken or fish bones!

2,700 Americans die each year from choking

   More than 2,700 Americans choke to death each year.  Protect yourself if you wear dentures:

bulletVisit your dentist twice a year to make sure the appliance is in good working order.
bulletConsider a fixed bridge or implants instead of a partial denture.
bulletIf you have severe bone loss and still need a denture, consider getting implants to stabilize your denture.
bulletDo not wear faulty dentures overnight or while you sleep, you could swallow them while you sleep.
bulletRemove the appliance before playing sports.

Source: Dentalnotes Fall 2001 pg 2

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