Dental Tips Blog

Feb
13

Using Household Chemicals to Clean Dentures – Cheap, but is it Safe?

Posted in Dentures

Who doesn’t like a good bargain? Many times, we can find great bargains by getting double uses out of items that may be lying around our homes: vinegar for cleaning, tape for picking up lint, and so on.

When you don’t have the right denture cleaner handy, will just any disinfecting household solution work?

Dental experts caution that you should stay away from chemicals that aren’t intended to clean dentures, and here’s why:

You Can Damage Your Denture

Bleach is commonly used in a diluted solution to lift stains from dentures. It certainly seems to be the economic and simple alternative to a dental product. But if not done correctly (or done on the wrong kind of denture), it can result in:

  • Corrosion of metal components
  • Gradual roughening of the acrylic
  • Bleaching of the gum color
  • Breaking down the bond on a relined denture

Make sure that before you attempt ANY kind of homemade denture cleaner you check with your dentist about what your prosthesis can handle.

You Can Hurt Your Mouth

Residue from a household chemical can cause irritations, at the least, and chemical burns, at the worst. Rather than take that risk, do your mouth a favor and stick to approved denture cleaners.

What About Mouthwash and Vinegar?

There isn’t a lot of data on how vinegar solutions affect dentures. Talk with your dentist before trying it, though. As far as mouthwash goes, it’s good for your mouth, and that’s it. It isn’t powerful enough to keep dentures clean.

Remember to ask your dentist before trying any experiments on your valuable denture!

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Dec
23

Sleeping in Dentures – 3 Reasons It’s a Bad Idea!

Posted in Dentures

Your denture is a great tooth replacement that can help you enjoy life with a functional smile. Proper care will help you get the most out of your prosthesis for as long as possible.

It can be very tempting to leave your denture in your mouth while you sleep. No doubt, you want your denture to be a permanent replacement for your teeth. But sleeping in dentures is actually quite dangerous. Here’s why:

  1. Your Bone Wears Down Faster

Dentures typically rub against gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This wear causes a loss in the height and shape of your jaw, causing permanent changes to your appearance.

Give your gums some breathing room at night and a break from the constant pressure. Doing so will help your bone structure last a bit longer!

  1. Nighttime Denture Wear Leads to Irritation

Saliva production slows down when you sleep, causing your mouth to dry out at night. Debris and bacteria trapped under your denture can’t be washed away with salival, so they have to just stay there. This is not kind to sensitive gum tissue! Your gums are likely to become inflamed and sore.

  1. Sleeping in Dentures Opens You Up to Infections

That bacteria under your denture is free to proliferate when you wear it at night. With more bacteria in the mouth come more smells… That’s right, bad breath is a common side-effect of wearing your denture through the night.

Your denture can even harbor bacteria that’s implicated in other infections, such as pneumonia.

Clean your denture daily as recommended, and don’t sleep with it in at night! Ask your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Mar
8

Caring For Your Dentures

Posted in Dentures

If you’ve lost your natural teeth and use are currently wearing dentures, then you’re probably wondering how best to care for them to keep them looking their brightest. Just like natural teeth, it’s important to practice good hygiene with your dentures, to reduce the growth of bacteria and to keep your breath its freshest.

Denture Care Tips

Your dentist can best show you how to care for your beautiful dentures, but here are a few tips:

  • Handle your dentures with care. Be cautious not to bend or damage your them or their clasps when cleaning them.
  • A quick rinse after meals will help dislodge food particles.
  • Remove your dentures prior to sleeping. Excessive denture wear can cause your jaw bone to resorb, creating a loose denture fit. It can also create a harmful environment in which bacteria and fungi (yeast) flourish.
  • Keep your dentures in a moist environment, to keep them from drying out and changing shape. Soak your dentures in a recommended cleaning solution when you’re not wearing them.
  • Care for your gums. When you remove your dentures, give your mouth a good rinse with water and then gently wipe your gums with a soft cloth or soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Clean your dentures every day. Just like natural teeth, your dentures can build up stains, plaque and bacteria. Use a soft-bristle brush and water (or a mild cleanser) to clean your denture surfaces. Soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution.

Visit Your Dentist

To properly maintain your beautiful dentures be sure to visit your dentist regularly! These visits are important for oral cancer screening and bone loss. Your dentist will also insure that your denture fit does not change and will give you helpful instruction in the ongoing care of your prosthesis.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Jan
27

Daily Care for Your New Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures need to be properly cared for each day to help keep them clean, prevent staining and keep them looking as good as new.  Here’s what you need to know about helping your dentures last longer, look great, and promote a healthy oral environment:

  • Take your dentures out after you eat to rinse them – Use warm water over your dentures to remove food particles.  Place a towel in the sink or fill the sink up with water so if you drop them, they will not break.
  • Be careful when you hold your dentures – Using too much force with your prosthesis could cause plastic to break or crack.
  • Clean inside of your mouth after you take your dentures out – To clean your tongue, roof of your mouth and inside cheeks, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your mouth tissues clean.  Or a soft, damp washcloth.
  • Brush your dentures – Use a denture brush and cleaner to gently clean your dentures each day.  This will help remove food particles and germs in plaque biofilm from your dentures. Dentures can get tartar buildup too!
  • Soak your dentures overnight – Keep your dentures in a cleansing solution overnight to help keep their shape and to keep them clean.
  • Rinse your dentures – Rinse off the cleansing chemicals from the soaking solution before you put your dentures back in your mouth.

Make sure you visit your dentist regularly for denture checkups.  You will be able to have your dentures cleaned professionally and checked to make sure they still fit properly.  You dentist will also check your mouth to make sure you don’t have any infection, sores or irritation on your gums or other mouth tissues.

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

Jan
18

How to Keep Your Dentures Clean

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are a removable, plastic-like prosthesis used to replace missing teeth.  There are two types of removable dentures: full dentures (made to replace all missing teeth) and partial dentures (made to replace some missing teeth, attaching with metal clasps onto your other natural teeth).  How should you care for dentures?

Like natural teeth, dentures need daily cleaning.  After eating, you should take your dentures out and carefully rinse water over your dentures to help remove food debris. At least two times a day, a denture cleanser that is nonabrasive should be used with a denture brush to clean your dentures and any grooves that contain denture adhesive.

It is important to handle your dentures with care because dentures can break fairly easily if the proper precautions are not taken while cleaning them.  It is recommended to lay a towel flat on the counter by your sink and to brush your dentures over the towel in case the denture is accidentally dropped.  Also, try not to put too much pressure on the metal clasps (for partial dentures) while cleaning so the metal/plastic-like material is not accidentally bent in the process.

Once you are done brushing your dentures, it is important to brush your gums, inside cheeks, tongue and roof of your mouth with a soft toothbrush.  It is usually recommended to soak your dentures in a cleaning solution.  Ask your dentist for directions on overnight care for your specific dentures.

Do you have dentures?  Are you concerned about whether you are cleaning your dentures correctly or not?  Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup and to discuss the proper care for your dentures.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955 

Dec
26

How to Keep Your Dentures Clean

Posted in Dentures

They may not be real teeth, but you depend on your dentures like they are! Caring for your full or partial denture can help it last longer, stay brighter, and fit properly for an extended period of time. Knowing the right steps to care for your denture will help it stay cleaner day in and day out.

Take Your Denture Out Every Night

Leaving your dentures in your mouth overnight doesn’t just put you at risk for infection and bone loss – it also makes your dentures dirtier. Dentures need to be soaked overnight in a cleansing solution, such as denture cleansing tablets and warm water.

Your cleansing solution will help to loosen debris that accumulated over your denture throughout the day. Allowing it to soak overnight will make it easier to brush the debris away the next morning. 

Use the Right Brush

Use a separate denture brush instead of your regular toothbrush. Denture brushes are very gentle, broader, and more efficient in cleaning your prosthesis. After you remove your denture from the cleansing solution, brush it thoroughly across all surfaces. Rinse it clean before placing it back into your mouth. 

Avoid Abrasive Toothpastes

Cleaning your denture with abrasive toothpastes can scratch the material that your denture is made of. Over time, those areas of abrasion will collect stains that make your dentures look discolored. 

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Mouth

Eliminating biofilm from your mouth can prevent excess buildup over your denture. Wipe your gums and roof of your mouth clean with a soft cloth each time you take your denture out and before you put it back in.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Oct
28

Steps to Take to Keep Your Denture Fitting Comfortably

Posted in Dentures

Dentures take a bit of time to get used to. They certainly do not compare with natural teeth, and it can be a lengthy process to get them adjusted to a point that you feel comfortable functioning in them. Dentures represent a higher standard of living because they aim to replace your lost ability to chew normal foods. As long as you can take advantage of the help that dentures provide, you want them to fit as comfortably as possible. Consider a few tips for keeping your denture fitting well.

Remove Your Denture at Night

You may wear your denture for most of the 24-hour day, initially, to get your mouth used to its presence. Eventually, however, you should take it out every night to allow your gums to “breathe.” By never removing your denture, you are making your mouth susceptible to irritation and developing fungal infections. An infection definitely makes your denture uncomfortable.

Clean As Directed

Use the cleaning products and tools our dentist recommends. Using other things can damage the denture and change the way it fits on your gums. Cleaning it well also reduces the amount of bacteria on your denture.

Soak Well

Dentures need to stay moist. When not wearing it, store your denture in water (not boiling!) or an ADA approved cleaning solution. If your denture dries out, its shape and texture will become uncomfortable.

Visit Us Regularly

By keeping regular appointments with your dentist, he or she can help monitor the health of your mouth and the fit of your dentures. The dentist will make sure that your denture is relined for a comfortable fit at the right time.

Visit your dentist once or twice a year to maintain a useful and comfortable denture for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Sep
27

Keeping Your Dentures Clean

Posted in Dentures

Keeping your dentures clean is just as important as keeping your natural teeth clean. Bacteria buildup on your denture or partial denture can cause bad breath, a foul taste, and even infections inside of your mouth. One of the most common mistakes people make is not caring for their denture properly, causing their oral health to be compromised. Here are a few steps to lengthening the life of your prosthesis and keeping your smile healthy. 

1. Use a different brush to clean your dentures.

If you have existing teeth that you’re still brushing, or you’re using a soft toothbrush to clean your gum tissue and tongue at the beginning and end of each day, make sure you’re using a separate brush. A stiffer bristled brush may be used to keep your denture clean, but any clasps could cause the bristles to roughen up to the point where they’re too abrasive for your teeth and gums. 

2. Immerse them all night with a cleansing tablet.

Keeping your dentures soaked overnight along with a denture cleansing solution or product will help loosen stains and bacterial buildup that deposit themselves across the prosthesis. Brush the denture thoroughly upon removing it from the solution, and rinse it clean before placing it back in your mouth. 

3. Bring your dentures in for a cleaning.

Your teeth aren’t the only things that need to be cleaned. Your dentist will clean your dentures at your check-up visits to remove tartar and stain. Even though they aren’t “real” teeth, dentures can get buildup too. Having them cleaned professionally will freshen your breath and help them look better when you smile.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Sep
15

How to Take Care of Your Dentures So They Last Longer

Posted in Dentures

When you know how to take care of your dentures the best way possible, you can help them last much longer. A well cared for denture can last an extremely long time if you’re taking the necessary steps.

Take your denture out every night.

Extensive wear of your dentures isn’t good for the health of your mouth. Your gum tissues need a chance to breathe without them being covered by the acrylic prosthesis. Only wear your denture in the daytime and take it out each night. This will also prevent infections from developing under the denture due to lack of oxygen and bacteria buildup. 

Clean your dentures.

Soak your dentures overnight in a glass of water with a denture cleansing tablet. This will help to loosen debris and bacteria that built up during the day. In the morning, brush your denture thoroughly with a soft denture brush or toothbrush. Do not use the same brush on your gums or remaining teeth. Clean your gum tissue with a soft washcloth or toothbrush before rinsing your denture off and placing it back into your mouth. 

Dont use over the counter adhesives or pastes.

These products simply cover up bigger problems. If your denture isn’t fitting right, then it may be because you’ve lost bone height or the denture needs to be re-lined. Relying on adhesives can allow the condition to worsen and may lead to sore spots due to irregular wear.

Continue to see your dentist.

Your dentist will monitor the wear and fit of your denture periodically so that minor corrections can be made if needed. Sometimes it may be necessary to re-line your denture to help it fit better.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Aug
15

Denture Home Care

Posted in Dentures

Just like your natural teeth, your dentures require a lot of special care to keep them lasting for a long time.

The number one rule when it comes to home care is to take your dentures out at night. Extended wear isn’t good for your bone health and can even cause infections of your gingival tissues. When you’ve taken your denture out, keep it soaking overnight in a container full of water. You may want to use a denture cleansing tablet as well These tablets help loosen any buildup on the denture and reduce odors or stains from building up on the appliance.

After you’ve taken your denture out, you’ll need to clean your mouth out as well. An extra-soft toothbrush or wet washcloth can be used to wipe the insides of the mouth clean. Check for any sores or raw areas that may have developed. If these persist for more than 2 weeks, you should have your dentist check for infection or adjust your prosthesis.

In the morning, remove your denture from the soaking solution and rinse it thoroughly. Brush your denture with a denture-styled brush to remove leftover stains, plaque, or bacteria, and then rinse it again. Pop your appliance in and then you’re off to the rest of your day!

Even if you wear full-mouth dentures, it’s important to have regular oral check-ups with your dentist. Your dentist will assess your bone levels, oral structures, TMJ, and screen for oral cancer. Your oral care goes far beyond that of just treating tooth decay…it’s about a healthy lifestyle and getting the most out of your denture prosthesis!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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