Dental Tips Blog

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
27

The Best Possible Denture Cleaning Routine

Posted in Dentures

Regular denture maintenance is key to keeping your oral appliance functional and comfortable. You can minimize costly accidents, repairs, and treatments associated with dental health by making sure your denture is always as clean as possible.

Here’s what you can do to keep your denture comfortable, beautiful, and strong:

Rinse after eating – every time.

Don’t wait until it’s time to scrub your dentures. You should give them a brief rinse every time you eat. This is especially important after eating foods that could leave deep stains on your denture.

Clean your mouth.

A clean denture in itself isn’t enough. Germs and food debris left in your mouth can transfer back to your denture. Carefully brush and floss remaining teeth daily. If there are no teeth left, remember to clean your tongue, wipe your gums, and freshen up with a rinse before putting your false teeth back in place.

Brush your denture.

Just dunking your hands in water is no way to wash them. Similarly, your denture needs more than a quick rinse. Scrub your denture at least daily with a soft denture-safe brush. This will minimize stain and tartar.

Soak your denture.

When not in use, especially overnight, your denture needs to soak in a denture solution or plain water. The acrylic will stay supple and you’ll maintain the proper-fitting shape longer.

Handle with care.

It’s easy to drop a slippery and delicate denture while trying to clean it. When handling your appliance, avoid pressing on metal parts or scrubbing hard. Always clean it over a surface cushioned with a towel.

For more tips on extending the life and function of your denture, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Short Pump Family Dentistry
201 Towne Center West Blvd
Suite 709
Richmond, VA 23233
804-332-5505

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

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