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

Aug
29

Can You Whiten Your Denture Teeth?

Posted in Dentures

It only adds insult to injury when your replacement teeth start to stain and darken.

Even though you’re anxious to try anything to whiten your dentures, caution is needed.

The most common temptation is to use household cleaning chemicals to bleach false teeth or even to use denture products more than/longer than directed. But doing so can permanently damage your dentures or irritate your mouth.

The Best Way To Whiten Dentures

Start out by just giving your denture a thorough scrubbing. Use a denture brush and a mild hand soap or denture cleaner. Use firm but gently pressure when you scrub. Handle your appliance over a cushioned surface so that it won’t break if it slips out of your hand.

For some, all their dentures needed was a decent scrubbing. How does yours look now?

If you want even brighter results, soak your denture overnight in a specially formulated denture cleaner. There are products on the market specifically for lifting stain from dentures. At most, you’ll probably only need to soak your teeth in this once a week.

Need Something Stronger?

As an additional or supplementary step, try an at-home ultrasonic denture cleaner. This tends to be the most thorough way you can clean your denture, anyway. It’s the same technology used at your dental office and is the best and safest way to whiten your denture.

Keep your dentures bright by avoiding dark-colored foods, cleaning them regularly, and not using tobacco. Over time, stain buildup may prompt you to get a new set altogether. Talk with your dentist about your options for enjoying a whiter smile with dentures.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

Jan
25

Have Dentures? Here’s How to Keep Your Breath Fresh

Posted in Dentures

Just because you don’t have many (or any) natural teeth left doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a smile you can be proud of. Anyone can have sweet breath if they put forth the effort. Here’s what you need to do to keep your denture smelling pleasant.

Clean Your Denture

The most obvious method is to simply remove debris from your denture on a regular basis. This often involves removing them daily to soak per your dentist’s directions. Leaving your dentures in your mouth for long periods of time lets them accumulate stinky bacteria and food debris.

Brush Your Tongue

Your tongue and cheeks tend to harbor more of the smelly germs than other surfaces. Even a clean denture can’t make up for the odor given off by bacteria camped out on soft tissues in your mouth. Keep a toothbrush or tongue scraper handy. Use a bacteria-controlling mouthrinse, if your dentist recommends it.

What NOT To Do

Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking a minty piece of gum or candy is the solution! These will only temporarily mask odor and even encourage more bad breath if they contain sugar.

Soaking your denture in powerful household cleaning chemicals might sound like the end-all solution, but that can be harmful to both you and your denture.

Visit Your Dentist

Only your personal dentist can give you the best advice for keeping your prosthetic teeth fresh and clean. Regular visits are important even if you have no teeth left. A dental expert will ensure that your denture is healthy and fitting well and that your breath stays pleasant.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521

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

Nov
25

Whitening Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

You’re not quite sure why or when it started. For some reason, you’ve lately noticed that the color of the teeth on your denture is rather disappointing. You’d love to have a whiter smile!

But how do you lighten your denture? You might have heard of tricks involving bleach and other harsh chemicals. In spite of the hype about using products like this, you need to be cautious. You can wind up permanently damaging your denture or harming your mouth.

Take a look at the following tips for keeping your smile as brilliant as possible.

Keep Your Denture White

The whitening trays, gels, rinses, and toothpastes you might have used on natural teeth won’t cut it on dentures. Why? Because they are made from materials which don’t behave like natural tooth enamel. Teeth whitening products bleach out or buff away stain from tooth pores, but not from acrylic.

Abrasive whitening agents can actually harm a denture. These can scratch up the teeth, making them dull and more likely to absorb stain. Teeth whitening isn’t effective on the acrylic!

Minimize stain on your denture by:

  • Soaking it daily
  • Brushing it with a sturdy denture brush
  • Avoiding foods with dark pigments

Get Professional Help

Your dentist is your best resource for denture health and beauty! Visiting the dental office for regular checkups will ensure a comfortable fit. A dental expert will give you the best recommendations for products to clean your denture with.

And in the end, you might have to commit to changing out the teeth on your denture altogether if you’re interested in a brand-new whiter smile. Talk with you dentist for suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

Jun
23

Denture Care Do’s and Don’ts

Posted in Dentures

Whether you’ve had a denture for years or are just now getting your first one, you’ll certainly appreciate a few helpful reminders. Your denture plays a pivotal role in helping your smile, talk, and eat with confidence. You need to take care of it!

DO Soak Your Denture Every Night

Dentures need moisture. If not kept moist, the denture material will dry out and change in shape. This will make it very uncomfortable to wear.

DO Wear Your Denture As Often As Possible

This is especially important when your receive a denture for the first time. It will feel strange in the beginning, but eating and talking with dentures will soon become a habit.

DO Visit Your Dentist Regularly

At checkups, your dentist will check your mouth and gums, examine bone levels on x-rays, and make adjustments to your denture, if needed. A healthy mouth and comfortable denture depend on this!

DON’T Attempt Repairs at Home!

You could end up causing more damage than good! Leave the repairs to the trained professionals who helped design your denture.

DON’T Rely Exclusively on Denture Adhesive Paste

A messy paste just won’t do the job right. A loose denture is not only annoying, but it can also be potentially harmful. Your denture needs to be adjusted to suit the changes in your mouth that happen with time.

DON’T Leave Your Denture in At Night

Your gums need to breathe! Wearing your dentures without a daily break (especially while sleeping at night) can lead to dry mouth, a poor fit, irritation, and infections.

Discuss other denture care requirements with your local dentist before beginning a new life with a new denture.

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

Jun
22

Getting the Most Mileage Out of Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

Just because you now have a denture doesn’t mean that you can afford to neglect the health of your smile!

A beautiful smile, fresh breath, and a comfortable bite all depend upon closely following the care instructions your dentist gives you. Let’s take a moment to review some of the most important points so that you can get the most out of your new prosthesis.

Cleaning Your Denture

Use only an approved cleaning solution to remove debris from your denture. For one, they need moisture! At least soak them in water when they’re not in use. This will help your artificial teeth to retain a comfortable fit and texture for a long while.

Brush your appliances daily with a soft denture brush to preserve their texture and detail. Using abrasive brushes and sharp tools can cause damage that’s not easily fixed.

Caring For Your Mouth

Always remove your denture at night to allow your mouth itself to “breathe.” This is like taking your shoes off before going to bed! Carefully check your mouth for sore spots and discolored patches that could indicate your appliance isn’t fitting right.

Keep Your Denture Safe!

Keep all of your prosthesis out of reach of small children and pets that would be inclined to play with or chew on them. If your denture does experience an unfortunate accident, don’t try to adjust or glue it yourself – this can cause more damage than good.

Keep Your Dental Appointments!

Regular dental visits allow your dentist to check up on the health of your mouth and the fit of your dentures. Learn more about the care your denture needs when you call your local dental office and schedule an appointment.

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

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 

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