Dental Tips Blog

Sep
19

Signs You May Have Oral Thrush

Posted in Dentures

Thrush is a fungal infection that can cause some considerable discomfort in your mouth. People at risk for getting oral thrush include those who:

  • Wear dentures
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are taking antibiotics or corticosteroids
  • Are having treatment for cancer

Thrush is most common among babies and infants and tends to affect those with a weakened immune system.

If you struggle with a condition such as diabetes or HIV infection, then your body is prone to an imbalance in natural bacteria. Couple that with weak immunity, and a fungal infection can take off with little trouble.

What to Look For

Some of the main signs of a thrush infection include:

White bumps or coating. A pale coating on the tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat is a pretty sure sign of a fungal infection.

Pain and dryness. Cracks at the corners of the mouth may make it painful to eat.

Difficulty swallowing.

Bleeding. If the white patches in your mouth bleed when you bump them (like with a toothbrush), then that’s almost a giveaway for thrush.

In babies, thrush may cause irritability and affect the child’s ability to eat.

Keep in mind that these symptoms may only show up once your case advances. Early stages of thrush can be hard to identify on your own.

How To Avoid A Thrush Infection

Add some probiotics into your diet any time you take an antibiotic. If you use an inhaler that contains corticosteroids, make sure that you rinse your mouth well afterwards. Above all, great oral hygiene is the biggest key to preventing a thrush infection. This involves daily brushing and flossing and removing/cleaning your denture every night.

Find out more about oral fungal infections by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122

Aug
30

4 Reasons You Should Be Soaking Your Dentures Every Night

Posted in Dentures

You’ve heard it over and over before: take your denture out every night and soak it.

It’s easy to get a little lazy in this matter. Can you really help it if you accidentally fall asleep with your denture in? Even still, these four reasons can help you to see the light and remember to take your dentures out as your dentist directs.

  1. Decrease In Saliva

Saliva is essential to digestion and keeping your mouth comfortable. It also strengthens remaining teeth against decay. Additionally, saliva fights bacteria that cause bad breath and disease.

Whether due to aging, medication, or simply the presence of the denture itself, your saliva production may be slowing down. This is a bad thing in the wake of an increase of bacteria your mouth sees as you get older.

It’s good to take your denture out for a while so that the germs can’t multiply as quickly.

  1. Dentures Provide The Perfect Bacteria Hideout

Most dentures are made of acrylic which is loaded with tiny pores you can’t easily see. These pores pack in with bacteria throughout the course of the day. Soaking is the best way to lower the microbe count and thoroughly clean your denture.

  1. Soaking Lifts Stain

A stain-lifting denture solution is the best way to keep your dentures sparkling. Soaking your denture makes it easier for you to brush residue away the next morning.

  1. Your Gums Need A Break!

Constant pressure and friction from a denture can irritate the gums and make the bone resorb faster. Cut that wear time in half by soaking your dentures at night.

Talk with your dentist for more expert tips on denture care.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

Jul
25

4 Signs You Should See Your Dentist For a Denture Adjustment or Repair

Posted in Dentures

It’s nice to think that once you get a set of false teeth you’ll never have to worry about them again. On the contrary, although they aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still have a big responsibility on your hands.

Or on your gums, rather.

Getting your denture adjusted and repaired on a regular basis is healthier for your mouth and can even extend the life of your appliance.

  1. Sores On Gums

A loose denture will chafe uncomfortably against soft tissues in your mouth. That’s definitely not normal for a denture. If the fit isn’t improved, those sore spots will only get worse until you can’t bear to wear your denture at all.

  1. Using Lots Of Adhesive

A little denture paste or cream goes a long way. In fact, the better your denture fits, the better the adhesive works. But if you find yourself dabbing on more paste than usual to hold your denture down, it may be time to have it tightened a bit.

  1. Slipping

Is your sandwich just not chewing the way it usually does?

Either the bread is stale, or your dentures don’t have a stable fit anymore. Over time, your jawbone shrinks under the pressure of dentures. Your appliance will need to be adjusted to compensate for those changes.

  1. Small Cracks

If your denture still fits, you might not think a small nick or hairline fracture is a big deal. But it will get bigger the longer it’s left there. It also provides a hideout for smelly bacteria and fungus.

Ask your dentist about the right time to get a denture adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Jun
28

4 Reasons People Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures aren’t just a rite-of-passage for aged individuals! People of all ages and backgrounds could need false teeth for several different reasons.

  1. Severe Tooth Decay

Some people have had to get dentures at a fairly young age because they lost their teeth early on to rampant decay.

Some patients feel it’s not worth the effort to restore teeth with cavities and opt to have them pulled.

As a denture-alternative, many patients choose to get implants to support their tooth replacements. 

  1. Advanced Gum Disease

It’s a misconception that everyone loses their teeth as a result of aging. By taking good care of your gums, you can hold onto your teeth for as long as you want.

For some patients, however, it’s a little too late. In other cases, rare health conditions make it nearly impossible to keep teeth in place. For these individuals, dentures become their only shot at enjoying a functioning smile once again.

  1. Trauma From An Accident

Contact sports are a common cause of tooth-loss, especially in the front of the mouth.

After getting a tooth or two knocked out, you won’t necessarily need a full denture. As long as your remaining teeth are healthy, a partial denture will suffice.

  1. Damage From Oral Cancer

All kinds of cancers of the head and neck can affect jaw structure. Surgery to treat a dangerous growth can result in a loss of teeth. Patients who beat this disease may eventually decide to restore their smiles with a set of dentures.

Are you missing any teeth right now? Your dentist would be happy to show you how you can complete your smile with the help of dentures.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

Jun
9

3 Keys to Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Your first set of dentures marks a turning point in your life. You’ve spent most of your years using natural teeth so the transition is a tough one, both physically and emotionally.

Here are a few things that will help make your adjustment as successful as possible:

Patience

There’s no denying the fact that the first time you try a denture it will feel strange or even uncomfortable.

Your prosthesis will probably feel way too big for your mouth. This will result in some drooling. But don’t give up! Follow your dentist’s instructions and give yourself time to adjust at your own pace.

Try to maintain a sense of humor and optimism as you get used to your denture. It will improve as the days go by.

Practice

It’s unrealistic to imagine eating out with friends at a fancy steakhouse the very day you get your dentures.

Push those plans out a month or so and let yourself practice chewing at home free from the public eye. You can start out with soft foods and slowly work up to chewier items.

Also, practice cutting up your food so that you know in advance how large or small the pieces should be. Remember, “practice makes perfect.”

Plenty Of (Denture) Paste

A well-fitting denture doesn’t need much help to stay in place. In fact, the better the fit, the better an adhesive product will work. Less is more, when it comes to denture pastes and creams.

Don’t be shy to use these products especially in the beginning. They’ll help you feel more confidence about wearing your new smile in public.

Discuss your concerns with your dentist before you receive your first denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

May
3

What to Do When Your Denture Chafes

Posted in Dentures

It’s barely tolerable (much less pleasant!) to deal with a loose and chafing denture. Ill-fitting “plates” often make eating a painful chore. Here’s what you should do when you notice sore spots from your removable prosthesis.

Give Your Gums a Break

If you develop a sore spot on your gums, it’s a good idea to take your dentures out for a thorough cleaning. Make sure you’re soaking them well at night and not wearing them while you sleep.

Adhesives: Temporary Fixes

Check out your local drugstore to see what they offer for cushioning and securing loose dentures. Just remember: such measures are only temporary. You need to have your entire denture properly adjusted.

Don’t attempt to do this at home, whatever you do!

Desperation might motivate you to make adjustments on your own. This only puts your denture at risk of damage and could make it even more uncomfortable to wear.

See Your Dentist ASAP!

You feel that you’re at an impasse – you can’t wear your denture but you can’t eat or go out without it. It’s time to see your dentist. A professional who knows how to safely manipulate your denture can make the needed adjustments. Even if you wear full dentures, be sure to book routine checkups at least once or twice a year.

It’s also important to identify the source of any sore or discolored patches. What might seem to be caused by denture chafing could in fact be a fungal infection or even a sign of oral cancer. Never ignore a questionable patch in your mouth.

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to make sure that your denture and your oral health stay in top shape.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Apr
15

How Dentures Will Change Your Life

Posted in Dentures

The human bite registers around 200 pounds of pressure. That’s one of the strongest in the world.

Denture wearers, on the other hand, can only manage about 50 pounds of force.

Do you think that makes a difference in how you chew your food? You bet your pearly-whites it does. Here are some very important changes you can expect if you opt to get dentures.

How Dentures Affect You for the Better. . .

With the help of a denture you can:

  • Slow down the loss of bone in your jaw
  • Smile with confidence
  • Chew your favorite foods (after getting a little practice)

A denture is better than nothing at all in terms of maintaining your smile. But don’t be in a hurry to ‘replace all your remaining teeth.’

. . . And for Worse

Dentures are a source of irritation to many people. For as much as they need their denture, their dental prosthetic seems bent on causing problems such as:

  • Slipping out of place at embarrassing moments
  • Preventing you from enjoying a steak or corn-on-the-cob
  • Causing funny noises while you’re speaking

Are Dentures Right for You?

Teeth are essential to good nutrition as well as the shape of your smile. There’s hardly ever a question as to whether someone needs replacement teeth. The bigger question is what kind of teeth are best.

Aside from traditional removable dentures, there are many other options made possible thanks to dental implant therapy. In the end, it will depend on your level of comfort, budget, and long-term goals.

Contact your dentist to find out if a denture is right for you or if it’s time to think about implants.

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

Jan
30

What to Do When Your Lower Denture is Loose

Posted in Dentures

Dentures might seem to be the end-all solution to your dental problems. Once you get dentures, you’re set for life. Or are you?

Loose dentures is a sign that it’s time to give your prosthetic more than the usual attention.

Why Dentures Loosen

It’s inevitable that your denture will lose its snug fit over time. Without teeth supporting the bone, your jaw will start to shrink in volume and height. Chafing and pressure from dentures can speed up this process if they don’t fit properly.

Shrinking bone is more common around the jaw than on the upper part of your mouth. It’s also just a lot harder in general to achieve stability with a denture on your lower arch.

Is An Adhesive the Answer?

Denture pastes and powders will help your denture to stick to your gums. The choice to use an adhesive is ultimately a personal one. If it helps you feel more secure with your denture, then it’s perfectly fine to use.

Adhesives tend to be temporary fixes, however. When your denture loosens, you need to have your dentist take a look at your prosthesis and see if it needs some adjusting.

Find the Most Secure Denture

More patients are looking to implant therapy for help in securing their denture. Ask your dentist about the possibility of fitting your lower denture with implant attachments. Even just two or four dental implants could be enough to anchor your prosthesis in place.

Ready for a stronger and more confident bite?

Your best options include:

  • A denture adjustment
  • Denture adhesive
  • Or dental implants

Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your current denture.

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

Jan
21

The Best Time to Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Whether you like the idea of dentures or not, they could be the ticket to keeping your smile strong and beautiful.

This is completely regardless of age. Getting false teeth is not the inevitable part of aging that many people believe it to be. It all depends on your dental needs.

At what point are dentures necessary?

When to Get a Denture

Signs you can benefit from new teeth include:

  • Extensive decay in many of your existing teeth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • “Long teeth” due to excessive gum recession
  • You have a hard time chewing food
  • You’re too embarrassed to smile around other people

Dentures aren’t just for people who have no teeth at all. If your existing teeth are few in number or in bad shape, your dentist may recommend extractions followed up with a dental prosthetic.

Don’t Wait Any Longer!

The good news is that you can avoid dentures simply by taking good care of your teeth.

But if your teeth are already done for, then it’s time to start warming up to the idea of a denture. Don’t put it off because the longer you go without teeth, the more your jawbone will deteriorate. The more this happens, the harder it will be to fit you for dentures.

In short, now is a good time to start investigating the possibility of a denture. Your dentist might feel that you’ve got enough teeth left to support restorations like crowns and bridges. After a professional dental evaluation, you’ll know for sure what your smile needs.

Are you ready to get your first denture?  Call your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Jan
10

Hybridge: The Denture and Bridge Alternative

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are well-known permanent solutions for missing teeth. You may personally know someone who’s replaced a tooth or two with an implant.

But what if you have several teeth missing?

An implant hybrid bridge could be your answer. That’s exactly what a restoration with the Hybridge system is.

Benefits of Hybridge

Traditional dentures are not permanent. They can irritate your gums and cause the jaw bone to resorb. As an alternative, a Hybridge restoration uses several dental implants to support a partial or entire arch of new teeth.

Whether you need just a bridge or a full arch, a Hybrid restoration:

  • Stays in place
  • Is permanent (only removable by a dentist)
  • Is faster and cheaper than multiple implant bridges
  • Restores your full dental function
  • Is easy to maintain
  • Can be customized to individual needs

Getting a Hybridge Smile

Using just five or six carefully placed implants, the full arch Hybridge restoration can replace up to 12 teeth. Your dentist will assess your jaw and determine which kind of tooth replacement is best for you. You’ll have an appointment to get the implants and receive a temporary denture or bridge. In the course of a few months, you’ll receive your newly finished smile.

A full arch dental restoration is far more durable than any denture. Because your new teeth can be made entirely from ceramic, they’ll look more natural and last a lot longer than those on a removable acrylic denture.

Are you sick of dealing with a removable bridge or denture? Ready for a completely new smile?

Contact your dentist to find out which Hybridge-certified specialists are available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505

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