Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

Lessons on Oral Hygiene from George Washington’s Denture

Posted in Dentures

We’ve all heard about Washington’s wooden dentures. But what most people don’t know is that they weren’t actually made of wood.

George Washington wore many dentures throughout the course of his life, none of which were made from the porcelain and acrylic we have today. Washington’s dentures were primarily made from hippopotamus ivory, lead, gold plate, and teeth from cows, horses, and possibly some of his own slaves.

Like George Washington, you may not be thrilled at the prospect of losing teeth. But happily, we have much more comfortable and attractive denture options available today.

Take Care Of Your Denture!

One of George Washington’s dentists had to reprimand him on how much port wine he consumed – he was evidently drinking enough to be staining his dentures.

If you have a denture, you certainly expect it to serve you well while you eat. Just remember to clean it daily, scrubbing and soaking it to avoid stain and bacteria accumulation.

Make Your Natural Teeth Last

Washington had his last natural tooth pulled at 60 years of age (mind you, that was without any anesthetic!). Most folks today can expect to keep more teeth than that when they turn 60, thanks to improvements in dentistry. Emphasis on fluoride and preventative care have also made a big difference in the life expectancy of a person’s smile.

You have to do your part to make your teeth last as long as possible. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, even if you don’t have many teeth left. Get more tips from your dentist on how to save your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Kingwood
1520 Greek Oak Pl, Suite B
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 358-2191

Jan
4

These Signs Could Mean That You Have Denture Stomatitis

Posted in Dentures

While this may be the first time you’re hearing about denture stomatitis, odds are good that you have heard of thrush before. A thrush infection can occur in anyone with a weakened immune system. But it is actually most common among denture wearers.

Thrush is an infection resulting from an excessive growth of a yeast called Candida albicans. This fungus is present in everyone’s mouths but it tends to take over when bacterial populations are out of balance or oral hygiene is poor…and often under dentures.

The warm moist space between your gums and a denture makes a prime place for this yeast to thrive in. So, if you wear one, here are some signs that you could have a classic case of thrush.

You…

  • Don’t remove your denture for daily cleaning
  • Don’t allow your mouth to “rest” or “breathe” each day
  • Notice redness under your denture
  • Have sore spots at the corners of your mouth
  • Have a denture that isn’t fitting right these days, and actually hurts a little

Use of an inhaler also ups your chances that denture discomfort is connected to thrush. It doesn’t take much for you dentist to diagnose denture-related stomatitis. A look at your gums and a few questions about your denture hygiene are usually all it takes, but a lab test can also confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for thrush may involve a prescription medication. But the best thing to do starting out is simply to stop wearing your denture so much. Red and angry gums are saying that they’ve had enough! Your dentist will review with you some instructions for keeping your denture clean and comfortable.

Contact your dentist if it seems that your denture could be contributing to a case of thrush.

Posted on behalf of:
Basin Dentistry
5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
(462) 699-7334

Dec
19

Dentures On the Decline?

Posted in Dentures

Many dental experts are sure that one day false teeth will no longer be an option. Why?

Changes In Dentistry

Dentistry used to be all about patching up painful teeth and pulling them when they couldn’t be fixed. But changes in understanding of dental materials and the mechanisms behind disease have revolutionized the scene.

People are holding onto their teeth longer because of a simple increase in awareness of dental health.

Fluoride has also played a major role in improving dental health. Making this mineral more accessible to people through professional treatments, dental products, and public fluoridation programs has directly contributed to a decrease in tooth decay.

Techniques for restoring teeth are much more conservative than past attempts. Teeth stay whole for longer and folks hold onto them for years. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to classic dentures.

Yes, it seems that dentures could soon be a thing of the past. But there is one factor that seems bent on keeping dentures on the list of services.

One Thing That Will Never Change

Dentists and researchers are constantly searching for ways to make teeth stronger and last longer. But none of that means anything if the patients themselves don’t care about keeping their teeth. People are often quick to assume that it’s the cheap and easy dental option so they don’t mind losing all of their natural teeth, one by one.

As long as people aren’t flossing and brushing, dentures will be a thing! Hold onto those teeth you have left for as long as you can. Your dentist will help you figure out how you can do just that.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Dec
12

“I’m Happy Without Teeth – I Don’t Need Dentures” . . . Or Do You?

Posted in Dentures

For most people, losing their teeth is their worst nightmare. Literally. Terror-filled dreams about teeth falling out keep many folks up at night. The social implications of running around without teeth is a scary thought.

On the other hand, there are those of us who aren’t too bothered about not having any teeth.

Why get fake teeth if you don’t care about others seeing you without any teeth, at all?

In reality, there is far more to dentures than aesthetics, alone.

Dentures Help You Stay Healthy

Without teeth, it’s not hard to choose between a salad or mac-and-cheese for dinner. But a steady diet of mac-and-cheese won’t do your body much good.

The most important reason for wearing dentures is simply the fact that they keep your nutritional options varied. When you can chew, even with false teeth, it’ll be easier to fuel up on essential vitamins from natural sources.

Dentures Will Give You New Confidence

You may say you don’t care about being seen without teeth, but it’s a different story come time for the family photo or alumni reunion. When you know you have teeth to smile with, it’ll be easier to show off that smile without any awkwardness.

Even if you don’t mind being seen without dentures, caught with dentures slipping, whatever, that can be a good thing! It’s ideal to have a sense of humor as you adjust to your new appliance and you’ll still get all the functional benefits.

To learn more about how a denture can enhance the quality of your life right now, talk with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Nov
30

Should I Have My Denture Relined or Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Uh oh! Your denture suddenly doesn’t fit like it once did. What happened? It somehow seems looser and doesn’t stay in place. Should you just get out the Poligrip and grin and bare the discomfort? What are your options?

  • Adding an over-the-counter adhesive can help, but it’s a temporary solution. Adhesives can be messy and inconvenient to use. If you run out, it’s an emergency visit to the drug store to stop that denture from flapping and rubbing your poor gums raw.
  • Relining a denture is a procedure that can be done at your dental office. It’s less expensive than replacing a denture and provides a new liner (of either hard acrylic or a soft, flexible material) to better match the changed contour of your gums. A tighter fit is created, making the dentures more comfortable and buying you up to two more years of wear.
  • Replacing an ill-fitting denture is often the best, most permanent fix. While a more expensive option, you won’t be able to beat how well they fit, feel, and function! No more bulk – new impressions will ensure an exact fit. The strength and materials used have also improved over the years, so this may be your big chance for a long-awaited makeover! 

How did my denture get loose?

Usually, gradual bone loss, but an ill-fitting denture can increase the speed of that wear. Reduced blood flow to this area and wearing overnight is also largely to blame.

Solution?

Massage the gums with your toothbrush/fingers, keep your mouth clean, and continue annual check-ups with your dentist. Call when denture adjustments are needed… your dentist will be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Nov
12

Loose Dentures? Consider Getting Them Retrofitted for Dental Implants

Posted in Dentures

Wearing dentures can take a lot of practice to get used to. If you’re new to one of these prosthetics, you’ve had to take time to work on everything from talking to chewing your food. But what if it feels like your denture still isn’t sticking in place like it should? Especially for people with lower dentures, this can be a big problem.

Fortunately, there’s a better option than using gooey adhesives or messy pastes to keep your teeth in place. You could talk to your dentist about retrofitting your denture so that it snaps over dental implants.

Snap in Dentures and Implant Locators

Implant locators are small abutments that extend above your gumlines, on top of the implant that’s inserted into your jaw. They act as anchors that fit into your denture, so that you can “snap” your prosthesis down on top of them.

In some cases, all you need is two implants to give you the stability that you need.

Having an overdenture that’s removable makes it easier to keep your prosthesis clean, care for your gums, and still get the added benefit of implant stabilization.

What Other Options Are There? 

You could always talk about having your dentist reline your denture so that it fits more snuggly against your teeth. Or if your denture needs to be replaced entirely, you might want to consider a permanent option that’s affixed directly onto four to six implants and never comes out of place (it’s only removable by your dentist.)

Talk to your dentist or implant provider to see if an implant retained denture is the right option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

Nov
8

Dentures Making You Gag?

Posted in Dentures

The good thing about the way our mouths are set up is that we don’t gag on normal structures like our teeth or tongues. Gagging is an issue common to many people and denture wearers in particular. If this is a frequent problem for you, then you need a solution that will help you deal with it. Going without dentures is not an option!

Gagging On Dentures – Why It Happens

Gagging happens when an unnatural object touches a sensitive area in your mouth. Gag points tend be located farther back on your palate and throat. A denture that rests on the front palate could trigger gagging if it extends too far back to the soft palate.

What Can You Do?

First, see if the way you put your dentures in is causing the trouble. Have a sit-down with your dentist and try out different techniques for seating your appliance without letting it brush against any sensitive spots in your mouth.

Pay attention to where your tongue is in your mouth. If it’s wandering around too much, it could jostle a denture loose or draw attention to a sensitive spot. In contrast, you can use your tongue to help stabilize your appliance.

Give yourself a little time if you’re still getting used to a first denture. Your mouth needs to adjust to the presence of the appliance. You’ll probably drool a lot and have a sensitive gag-reflex during the early weeks, but with time, it will start to feel natural.

If all else fails, see your dentist to find out if a denture adjustment or implant option is the best solution to your gagging problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

Oct
30

How Are Dentures Made?

Posted in Dentures

Despite being false teeth, dentures are not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. To get a denture made is a lengthy and detailed process.

First of all, your dentist will capture a mold of your mouth as it is right now. He or she will do this by taking impressions with a putty-like material. Soon after these molds are done, they’re filled with liquid stone that sets up to create a cast replica of your gums.

These stone models are set up on a frame that lines them up to simulate how your jaw moves. That way, a dental lab can use the models to design teeth that fit together in a way that feels natural to you.

Dentures are created from materials like acrylic with the teeth occasionally being made of porcelain. The dental technician creates teeth that look just the way you told your dentist you wanted them to. These teeth are fastened to the stone model with wax. This wax can also be formed to resemble the fake gums on your denture.

After completing this “wax up,” the lab tech then packs it into a container filled with that liquid stone. Once the stone sets, the wax can be boiled and poured away. This leaves behind the teeth and a perfect outline for the acrylic gums to be poured into. The final result? A finished denture.

You’ll be going back and forth to your dentist’s multiple times over the course of this process. The lab and your dentist will need to verify that everything fits your mouth as planned. You also have the most say in how you want your denture teeth to look.

Find out more by calling your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

Oct
9

Basic Denture Do’s and Don’ts

Posted in Dentures

It’s easy to slack off when it comes to proper denture use and care. Hey, we all need reminders from time to time, and especially when we get into bad habits. Denture care is no exception. Keep your mouth healthy and your denture strong for as long as possible with these simple tips.

DO soak your denture anytime it’s not in use to prevent stain and keep it moist.

DON’T ever soak your denture in bleach to attempt lightening tooth color!

DO clean your denture with a denture brush to remove debris daily.

DON’T use any household tools to attempt to chip away tartar or stain.

DO use warm water with an effervescent denture cleaner tablet.

DON’T place your denture in hot water which can warp the acrylic.

DO use a denture adhesive to enhance the security of the fit.

DON’T use a denture adhesive to compensate for an ill-fitting denture.

DO use a gentle hand soap or dish liquid to cleanse your denture, if needed.

DON’T reach for any abrasive household scrubbing products!

DO give your gums time to “breathe” each day.

DON’T sleep in your denture since this promotes infection and dry mouth.

DO clean your mouth and gums daily with gauze or a soft toothbrush.

DON’T ever attempt to clean your dentures with denture chemicals while wearing them.

To make sure your denture is still fitting comfortably and that your current denture care routine is working, see your local dentist. Your dentist will also keep you updated on any changes in the tissues of your mouth.

Don’t procrastinate – do schedule your visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
ABQ Dentures
2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 933-7794

Sep
29

What Are Permanent Dentures? Are They Right for You?

Posted in Dentures

“Permanent dentures” is not a real thing in dentistry. Most people Googling the term are just searching for a tooth replacement option that they don’t have to worry about falling out. A set-it-and-forget-it kind of deal.

If you’re looking for something a little more secure than traditional dentures, then you may be interested in either:

An implant supported overdenture

–or–

A fixed hybrid denture/extended bridge

Overdentures And Fixed Bridges – What’s The Difference?

Both of these options use dental implants for support. Both can replace a full arch of teeth.

But the main difference is that an overdenture is basically a regular denture with attachments that snap onto implants while the fixed hybrid/extended bridge is far more conservative and you can’t remove it.

Implant overdentures are usually made of acrylic. They have wide borders that provide more facial support and cover the gums. An upper overdenture will cover the palate. If you had one of these, you would still have to take it out at night and clean it daily, like any other denture.

Fixed implant bridges or hybrid dentures are made from metal and porcelain and may not cover the gums. They are screwed in place by your dentist and are only removed by your dentist for maintenance. You continue to brush just as if you had natural teeth.

Why Go Permanent?

Either of these options will keep your teeth from putting pressure on your gums. The implants will actually help to preserve the shape of the bone you have left. Both will give you a secure bite.

To find out whether these more “permanent” denture solutions are right for your smile, plan a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

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