Dental Tips Blog

Dec
18

Meeting the Challenge of Dentures and Dementia

Posted in Dentures

If you are caring for a loved one who’s suffering the degenerative effects of dementia, then you truly understand just how this challenging condition affects every aspect of life.

You already understand that dementia will not reverse itself. The focus of care becomes helping your loved one to cope comfortably and avoid feeling confused during everyday activities.

Dental health is often one of the first things to be neglected after the diagnosis of a condition such as dementia. It’s very important that you help your loved one to enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile for as long as possible, so as to avoid tooth pain or difficulty eating.

Oral health is strongly linked to overall health and a comfortable smile is crucial to getting adequate nutrition. But the effects of dementia can make it challenging to keep track of a prosthesis like a denture.

Try to keep the following tips in mind:

  • Even when there are no natural teeth, your loved one may need help keeping their mouth clean
  • Hold onto an old set of dentures in case the latest ones are lost. This makes it easier for the dentist to create a replacement set, if needed
  • Encourage your loved one to wear their dentures as often as they will cooperate to do so
  • A dental professional can mark the denture so that it can be identified if lost in a setting such as a nursing home
  • Understand that there will likely come a time when your loved one will no longer tolerate wearing a denture or having one fitted

Your local dentist is the best resource for more information and can give recommendations personalized to the needs of your loved one.

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

Nov
27

What’s So Bad About Sleeping in Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Sometimes, it just seems too easy to doze off while wearing your denture. Your dentist might be reminding you constantly about this. Why is this so important?

Dentures and Disease

Your denture traps food debris and bacteria against your gums. If all those particles sit there for hours on end with no break, then you could be setting yourself up for infections like thrush or even pneumonia. Dirty dentures foster disease.

Keep Your Smile Strong

Gums need to breathe! Just like you wouldn’t wear a heavy pair of work boots to bed at night, you need to remove your denture at night so that your mouth can relax.

Saliva flow decreases at night while you sleep. So that acrylic denture can get a little dried out and pasted to your gums. This will definitely irritate the sensitive tissues. It also makes your mouth prone to developing fungal infections, as well as leads to bone loss.

You may make a personal decision to keep your denture in at night on occasion if you are in unusual surroundings and don’t want others to know about your denture. Just make sure that you clean it thoroughly and have a regular routine of removing it on other nights.

What Your Dentist Recommends

Here are some general tips for caring for your denture so that you get the most out of it:

  • Rinse it off after each meal
  • Brush it daily with a soft brush and gentle cleanser
  • Clean your gums each day
  • Soak your denture in water or an approved solution each night

Keeping your denture and mouth clean is the best way to reduce your chances of developing infection or irritation.

Contact your dentist for more denture care advice specific to your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

Mar
6

Should You Sleep In Your Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are recommended for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth.  They offer many cosmetic and functional benefits, but should you wear your removable dentures at night?

Bone Loss

One reason overnight use of dentures in not recommended is that the constant wear and pressure on the gums can cause the volume and density of your jaw bone to slowly decrease.  If you wear your dentures at all times, this resorption of the bone is accelerated.  As the bone diminishes, your denture fit will loosen and it can also have a negative impact on your facial structure, causing a noticeable change in your appearance.

Serious Health Consequences

During the night, while you sleep, your saliva flow diminishes.  If your dentures have not been removed, they become the perfect place for bacteria, plaque and yeast to flourish while you sleep. A recent study in the Journal of Dental Research discovered that your risk of coming down with pneumonia is 2.3 times more likely if you wear your dentures at night. It’s important that dentures are removed and properly cleaned at night, to decrease the risk of exposure to such bacteria and fungi that can negatively affect your health.

Oral Health Effects

Denture stomatitis is often a result of overuse of removable dentures.  This condition most commonly affects the tissue under the upper dentures causing redness, inflammation and yeast infection.  It can even lead to painful cracking at the corners of your mouth.

Proper Denture Care

To insure your best dental health, it’s recommended that you remove your dentures before you go to sleep.  Call your dentist today and ask how you can best care for your dentures to maintain your beautiful smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

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 

Apr
6

Caring For Your Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Just like your natural teeth, your dentures or other types of oral prosthetics need to be cared for as well. These devices go into your mouth daily, and have the potential for bacteria buildup and tartar the same as the rest of your mouth is. Caring for them properly will keep them fitting better, cleaner, and reduce the risk of infections in your mouth.

Here are some tips to keep your dentures and your mouth healthy:

Remove them every evening and soak them overnight.

Not taking your dentures out at night places unnecessary pressure on the gum tissueand bone in your mouth. This can cause bone levels to be lost quicker than normal, resulting in an ill-fitting prosthesis. It’s also important for your oral tissues to have a chance to air out and not be covered by the acrylic. Prolonged wear can also cause fungal infections or raw tissues under your denture. Soak them in a glass of water with a cleansing tablet to help loosen any debris.  

Brush your dentures with a separate brush than the one you use for your gums or other teeth.

Sometimes brushing your prosthesis can cause extra wear on your toothbrush bristles, which in turn would cause them to be more abrasive on your teeth or gums. Use a denture brush to clean your dentures after you remove them from the overnight soaking solution, and use a soft bristled brush to clean your gums and any other teeth. 

Don’t forget to bring them with you to your dental appointments so that they can be cleaned and checked for their fit. Your dentures need a check-up too!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

Google

Jan
1

Caring for Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Caring for your dentures requires more specific care than you may have anticipated. Once you have gone through the process of getting properly fitted for your dentures, you can understand the desire to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Dentures are fabricated from plastic and metal, and to prevent damage and scratches they require certain cleaning materials and specialized preventative care. Dentures need to be soaked daily in a cleaning solution and brushed with a special denture brush. The brush will remove food particles, and the cleaning solution will help to prevent plaque buildup and odor. Rinsing your mouth daily with a mouthwash will also help to keep your mouth and dentures feeling fresh.

After wearing your dentures for a while they can begin to loosen in your mouth. Never try to adjust your dentures on your own. Your dentures were a large investment, and an improper adjustment can harm the structure of your appliance. Dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation and sores in the mouth and on the gums. These sores can turn into infection and cause further oral health problems.

Even when your dentures are removed, it is very important to take proper steps to care for the health of your mouth. It is important to brush your gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth with a soft toothbrush every morning before putting dentures in. This will remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up naturally over night before placing dentures into your mouth.

With proper care of your dentures and your mouth, you can enjoy a full smile for years to come.

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

Dec
5

Caring For Your Removable Dental Appliance

Posted in Dentures

Your dental prosthesis requires daily care just the same way your natural teeth do. Whether you wear dentures, a partial denture, retainer or other type of appliance, routine oral hygiene is important to keep your prosthesis lasting as long as possible, and prevent oral infections.

Tartar buildup can form on tooth enamel or oral appliances. Along with plaque buildup, a poorly cleaned prosthesis can cause oral infections to develop on your gums or other oral tissues. Not only this, but premature bone resorption can occur if the appliance is never taken out and cleaned. This will cause your device to not fit as long as it should, requiring replacement much sooner than what is typically needed.

To best care for your removable appliance, take it out at the end of each day and rinse it thoroughly before placing it into a glass of water along with a denture-cleansing tablet. Allow it to soak overnight before taking it out and brushing it thoroughly with a toothbrush or denture brush that is set-aside solely for this purpose. Keep a separate brush for your teeth, to prevent rough bristles from scratching your enamel or gums. Brush and floss your teeth or oral tissues as normal before rinsing your appliance off and placing it back into your mouth.

Even if you’re wearing a full denture, you should see your dentist twice each year for routine preventive care visits. At these appointments you’ll receive an oral cancer screening, periodontal/bone assessment, and have your appliance checked for fit before it is cleaned. With proper care, your oral appliance can last as long as possible, but without proper care, it can have a much shorter life expectancy than normal.

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