Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

Eat This Instead of That: 5 Alternative Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

New dentures can put a bit of a damper on your diet. But all’s not lost—a little creativity is all you need to enjoy your favorite flavors in denture-friendly bites until you get a bit more proficient with chewing.

 

 

Instead of Tortillas, Try Tortilla Soup

 

Get that south-of-the-border flavor fix in a hearty tortilla soup where the meat and tortillas are shredded up into soft and manageable bits. You won’t have to use your denture too much to enjoy this!

Instead of a Green Salad, Try a Green Smoothie

Fresh veggies are essential to your health but they’re almost impossible to eat without teeth. Thank goodness for blenders! Whip up your favorite greens with some juice or yogurt for a drinkable salad.

Instead of Chicken Wings, Try Chicken Wing Dip

There’s just nothing that can replace those messy wings on game day. But chicken wing dip is a close second! By heating cooked shredded chicken meat with hot sauce, cheeses, and ranch dressing, you can create a flavorful concoction that’s boneless and denture-friendly.

Instead of Steak, Try Beef Stew

You may always have a hard time grinding up meats with your denture. Opt for slow-cooked and stewed meats that “melts in your mouth” instead.

Instead of Carrots, Try Sweet Potatoes

Are fresh carrots too hard and slippery to chew with your denture? Roasted or boiled sweet potatoes pack a similar amount of the nutrients found in carrots and are much softer to eat.

For the most part, wearing dentures means you’ll have to find new ways to cut up and soften your foods for easy chewing. Your dentist can give you some more suggestions for a healthy and flavorful denture diet as you adjust to your new prosthesis.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Sep
11

Why Cheap Dentures Are a Huge Waste of Money

Posted in Dentures

Dentures can certainly be pricey. In an effort to save money, you might want to pay for the cheapest set you can find.

But as long as it’s within your budget to do so, you should seriously consider doing the opposite: paying for the best ones you can afford.

Here’s why…

You Get What You Pay For

A cheap denture costs less because it’s made from cheaper materials and/or isn’t customized as well to fit your mouth. As a result, it’s apt to give out far sooner than you’d think. You’ll then spend a lot of time and money on repairing your denture time and again.

Cheap materials also mean that your denture may be more prone to hosting infectious pathogens like bacteria and fungus. Microscopic cracks in the cheap acrylic could lead to bad breath, sore gums, and frequent bouts of thrush.

Quality Materials, Quality Life

Paying more for a nicer denture means investing in a better quality of living. The teeth on your denture will look more natural, the acrylic won’t fracture quite so easily, and it’ll be easier to get that perfect fit. A quality denture also means a better diet since you’ll have an easier time of chewing your food.

Affordable Dentures That Last

Don’t settle for buying the cheapest dentures possible. Rather, you want a set that will last you the longest and help you keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy.

Talk with your dentist or prosthodontist about creating the right kind of denture that meets your needs without emptying your bank account. The dental office may also have suggestions on convenient payment plans to help you comfortably afford your denture.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
9

How Long Should Your Denture Last You?

Posted in Dentures

Most dentures last, on average, five to ten years. It’s hard to say exactly how long your individual denture will last since there are many factors that influence how well the materials hold up or changes in your mouth that occur. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

Your Own Oral Health

The health of your gums and jawbone can affect how long a particular denture fits you. If you have any conditions that weaken the bone in your jaw, then you may quickly find that your denture is too loose.

You may also need to make some early changes to your prosthesis if your gums become inflamed due to disease or poor hygiene.

Normal Wear and Tear

Dentures wear down just like natural teeth do. If you have a habit of grinding your dentures or using them to chew very hard foods, then you’ll likely find that they need attention within just a couple of years of getting them.

How Well You Care for Your Prosthesis

While it’s true that your denture can’t erode away from decay as teeth do, it can slowly disintegrate if you don’t take good care of it.

For example, letting your denture dry out can make it warp and cause permanent damage. Your denture can easily dry out if you don’t soak it in water or a denture solution at night.

Damage to Your Plate

Have you dropped your denture at all in the past year? Even a seemingly small accident can alter your bite and change the fit of your plate, warranting replacement.

Have your denture checked annually for cracks, wear, and signs of microbial buildup. Regular cleaning and repairs can help your denture to last as long as possible!

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

Aug
5

Why Your Dentures Make a Whistling Noise When You Talk

Posted in Dentures

Do your dentures whistle whenever you try to pronounce words with “s” sounds?

A noisy denture can be so embarrassing that it may impact your self-confidence and limit your involvement in social situations.

If you can determine the cause behind the whistling, then you may be able to prevent it and speak with confidence.

Getting Used to a New Denture

Your tongue has had years of practice in pronouncing “s” sounds. It knows exactly which point on the roof of your mouth to contact to create the right sound. It comes so naturally that you don’t even have to think about how you do it!

Wearing a denture can drastically change the texture of your mouth. Your tongue may need to relearn where it has to go in order to pronounce a clear “s” sound. Until you figure it out, the air may escape with a whistle whenever you try to pronounce your s’s, causing a slur.

You might struggle with relearning pronunciation to adapt to a new denture. Whether it’s your first set of false teeth or a new one to replace your original denture, a little practice can help you make the transition to clearer and more confident speech.

Adjust Your Denture

What if you can’t speak those “s” sounds clearly no matter how much you practice?

The problem may boil down to a subtle design flaw in your denture. The part that covers the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth may be too thick or too thin. Alternatively, the front teeth may be positioned a little too far forward.

Visit a denture dentist to find out how you can adjust your denture for clearer speech.

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

Aug
4

4 Ways to Keep Your Dentures from Sliding Around

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture so loose that it slips around your mouth? Try these methods to give your “plage” a more secure fit.

Swallow When You Place Your Denture

For starters, make sure you’re placing your denture with the proper technique. After seating your denture on your gums, gently bite your teeth together to secure it, close your lips, and swallow. This creates a suction in the mouth that should help your prosthesis seal to against your gums. It can take a little practice to get this right, especially if you’re new to wearing dentures.

Use a Denture Adhesive

A denture cream or paste may give you improved comfort and a greater sense of security. Wash it off of your denture at the end of every day, though. If you don’t, the buildup of product could make your denture feel loose all over again.

Check Your Denture Fit

If a denture doesn’t fit no matter what you try, then the denture itself may need an adjustment. It might have to be altered to adjust to changes in your jawbone or gum tissue. Dropping your denture, washing it in hot water, using the wrong cleaning chemicals on it, or letting it dry out can also damage its fit.

Try an Implant Denture

When all else fails to fix your loose denture, it could be a sign that it’s just not right for you. Some people have a very difficult time wearing dentures successfully. You might do better with a dental prosthesis that’s supported by implants. Your prosthesis will rest securely on top of the implants instead of sliding around and pressing on your gums.

Contact a dentist near you to find out how to get a better denture fit.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Aug
1

What to Do if Your Dentures Make You Gag

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are supposed to help you enjoy your food. It’s ironic when they upset your stomach by triggering your gag reflex. Do dentures make you gag? Finding out why is the first step to getting some relief.

Why Your Dentures Make You Gag

The human mouth is very sensitive to objects that aren’t teeth, tongue, or food…and some people are more sensitive than others. Things like a toothbrush, sports mouth guard, or even a denture can cause some people to gag.

Gagging is very common in the weeks after you first get a denture. Gagging may even be accompanied by excess salivation. It simply takes time for your mouth to get used to having a foreign object in it. After a little while, you should feel comfortable wearing your denture.

What if the urge to gag doesn’t go away?

Prevent Gagging with Dentures

Try inserting your denture in different ways. Your dentist can show you how to put in a denture without setting off your gag reflex. You can also try repositioning your tongue inside your mouth to stabilize your denture so that it doesn’t shift around.

If nothing you try seems to work, then talk with your dentist about the possibility of adjusting your denture. It could be that your appliance is too loose or a little too long for your mouth. This is especially common with upper dentures where the plate reaches out too far onto the soft palate. A quick adjustment could get you a better fit with zero gagging.

Dentures aren’t supposed to make you gag! With a little practice and some help from your dentist, you can enjoy life with your new smile.

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

Jun
21

5 Ways to Prevent Sores While Wearing a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Here are five of the best ways to prevent and relieve painful denture sores and stomatitis under your “plate.”

Apply a Denture Cream

If your denture is new or a bit loose, you may have a hard time keeping it in place. The chafing can cause gum irritation. To prevent this, apply a thin layer of denture cream when you’re about to put your denture in. Remember to clean out the old adhesive material every day when you take out your prosthesis.

Check the Fit of Your Denture

A loose denture results in an uneven bite and lots of movement. Slipping and sliding can rub painfully against your gums. The only way to make your denture fits comfortably is to see your dentist or prosthodontist for an adjustment.

Clean Your Denture Daily

Bacteria, fungi, and food debris build up underneath dentures and cause irritation to the tissue underneath. You must remove your denture every night before you go to bed to give it a thorough cleaning. This process removes the microbes that can cause sores.

Clean Your Mouth Daily

Germs and food left in your mouth will only continue to build up underneath a clean denture when you put it back in. Wipe out your mouth with a soft brush or cloth, rinse well, and brush and floss any remaining teeth you have. Do this at least twice a day or after every meal.

Take Your Denture Out at Night

Your mouth and gums need time to “breathe” without being covered by a denture. Let your plate soak overnight and use this time to give your mouth a rest.

Get more denture care tips from your dentist at your next checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Jun
19

5 Reasons Why Your Lower Denture May Be Loose

Posted in Dentures

Is a loose lower denture ruining your ability to enjoy a meal or laugh around your friends?

A poor-fitting denture can be both painful and embarrassing. To make it fit properly again you need to first figure out what’s making it loose.

Here are a few possibilities you should consider.

  1. Your Denture Isn’t Properly Contoured

Dentures need to have little notches carved into the sides to accommodate tissue attachments. Your cheeks and lips are attached to your jaw by thin strong cables of skin called frenula. Your denture won’t rest securely on your jaw if it doesn’t have spaces to fit around those attachments.

  1. Your Denture Edges Are Too Thick or Thin

Dentures edges that are too thick, thin, short, or long will make your denture unstable.

  1. Your Impressions Weren’t Taken Correctly

Dentures are designed from a mold taken from your mouth. The dentist uses a soft impression material to capture the shape of your mouth. If the mold wasn’t taken with just the right amount of pressure, that could result in design flaws and a loose lower denture.

  1. Your Denture Teeth Are Uneven

Perhaps your denture fits just fine, but the upper and lower teeth don’t match up correctly. An uneven bite could knock your lower denture out of place.

  1. Your Denture Is Too Old

If your lower denture is suddenly loose after years of fitting perfectly, then that could mean you need a new one. The bone in your jaw shrinks under years of pressure from wearing such a prosthesis. Eventually, the denture doesn’t fit anymore and becomes loose.

Ask your dentist about solutions for a loose denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Jun
19

Here’s Why Dentures Aren’t the Solution to Your Dental Problems

Posted in Dentures

Have you ever wished you could just have all of your teeth pulled in favor of getting dentures?

Sacrificing your natural teeth for dentures isn’t exactly the easy way out when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy.

Dentures Require Daily Care

Having no teeth to floss doesn’t let you off the hook when it comes to oral hygiene. Your denture requires daily cleaning, soaking, and you’ll still have to rinse off your gums. You might even find the routine a bit more tedious than just brushing your natural teeth.

Dentures Can Cause Problems, Too

It’s not natural to have an acrylic appliance pressing on your gums for hours at a time. Dentures can cause irritation and swelling in oral tissues and can even trap pathogens that cause infections, especially if they don’t fit well.

It’s Harder to Eat with Dentures

Dentures cannot compare with natural teeth when it comes to eating. Your bite strength will be reduced by and you’ll have to say “no” to certain foods until you get a lot more practice.

Dentures Can Change Your Appearance

For some time after getting dentures they’ll help support the height of your smile. But as the years go by, the weight of a prosthesis will cause your jaw to shrink (resorb.) This results in a short, sunken chin and loose skin. The smile shrinking process doesn’t happen nearly as much when there are natural tooth roots supporting the jaw.

Dentures serve an important purpose as teeth replacements for those who ultimately have to part with their teeth. But this doesn’t make them the preferable alternative to natural teeth.

Ask your dentist whether getting dentures is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jun
18

Why You Need to Keep Your Dentures in Water

Posted in Dentures

Why is soaking a denture overnight so important? It could affect the long term fit of your prosthesis!

Water Prevents Staining

Soaking your dentures prevents food and plaque stains from sinking in. It’s even better if you can keep your dentures in a cleaning solution. Soaking also inhibits bacterial growth.

Water Protects Your Denture

A denture left on a napkin or tabletop is asking for trouble since they’re fragile. Storing them in a container of water is the best way to cushion them when they’re not in your mouth.

Your Mouth Needs a Break

Storing your denture safely in a container of water also provides your gums with a much-needed rest. Your mouth needs denture-free time to “breathe.” Otherwise, you risk getting inflamed and infected oral tissues.

Your Mouth Dries Out at Night

Your body naturally produces a steady stream of saliva throughout the day. But this process slows down at nighttime. This is bad enough for your mouth since a dry environment fosters germ growth, but it’s even worse if there’s a denture there to trap bacteria against the gums.

A dry oral environment is also bad for the denture, itself.

Dentures Dry Out Without Water

Your denture was designed to fit perfectly in a damp environment like your mouth. But if it dries out, the acrylic frame can warp and shrink. Once that happens, the damage is done. You can’t reshape it by soaking it later on.

Soaking Helps You Find Your Denture

As long as you consistently store it in the same container of water in the same place, you’ll be less likely to misplace your plate.

Ask your dentist for more tips on smart denture care.

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

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