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Aug
2

6 Things That Can Happen When You Wear a Poorly-Fitting Denture

Posted in Dentures

Has your denture gotten a little loose? A poorly-fitting denture can cause some major problems that you can’t afford to just ignore.

  1. Yeast Infection or Thrush

A denture that slips and slides provides the perfect openings for little microorganisms like fungus to flourish in. As a result, you can develop a yeast infection, also called thrush, under your denture.

If your denture is loose, you may salivate a lot. This extra saliva can pool up at the corners of your mouth and provide yet more moist hideouts for the fungus, resulting in sore cracks called cheilitis.

  1. Difficulty Chewing

Eating with a denture is tough as it is. If the denture doesn’t fit, then you can forget about chewing properly, either.

Difficulty eating can affect you in social situations and even impact the nutritional quality of your diet.

  1. Embarrassing Moments While Talking

It’s hard to ignore all those whistles and clicks while having a conversation with someone. A badly-fitted denture might make you more self-conscious and reserved about talking than you normally are.

  1. Sore Gums

A loose denture will chafe your delicate gum tissue and can cause sores that make it painful to wear your denture, at all.

  1. Bone Loss

The more your denture moves around, the more it puts awkward pressure on your jawbone. This leads to rapid bone-loss and changes the shape of your mouth and facial profile even more.

  1. Headaches or Jaw Aches

You may be doing tricks with your tongue and jaw to help stabilize a loose denture. This can put a strain on your TMJ and lead to headaches and pain while moving your jaw.

Visit a  denture specialist as soon as possible for an adjustment.


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

Mar
28

Asthma Medications and Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

If you have asthma or other breathing problems such as emphysema or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) you may use inhalers on a regular basis.  Many medications make you more susceptible to mouth problems, and oral inhalers are one of them.  These inhalers may contain some oral steroids, making you more susceptible to yeast type infections in the mouth.  Yeast infections in the mouth, called oral candidiasis or thrush, show up as white spots on your mouth and tongue.  It can be painful.

Other side effects that may occur when you use inhaled medications include dry mouth, an increase in the number of cavities you may see, sores or ulcers in the mouth, gingivitis, periodontal disease and taste changes.  You may also notice a bad or funny taste in your mouth or chronic bad breath.  The cause of all of these problems is a lack of saliva; this lack of saliva makes your mouth and teeth more prone to infection, cavities, and other oral health problems.

Some common ways to help prevent these problems include rinsing your mouth after medications, sucking on sugar free hard candies, and chewing sugar free gums.  Eating smaller, but more frequent meals may also help stimulate increased saliva production.  All of these will help improve the saliva in your mouth and help decrease the problems you may be experiencing.

If you use an oral inhaler for any type of breathing problem, share this with your dentist.  He or she can help provide you with tips and techniques to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy during your treatment.

Mar
20

Thrush

Posted in Dentures

Thrush is a condition in the mouth caused by a bacterial imbalance that results in an overgrowth of yeast. Most of the time thrush infections are seen in infants or elderly dental patients, but they may also occur in people that are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, on prescription medication, or have immune deficiencies.

The appearance of thrush is a white, velvety appearance in the mouth that may wipe off and leave a raw area underneath. In elderly patients it is also seen as cracks or sores in the corners of the mouth. Most of the time thrush is not uncomfortable, but if it is severe it may cause some sensitivity.

Poor oral hygiene or proper cleansing of dentures may allow bacteria to grow in the mouth where it shouldn’t. For infants you can use a warm washcloth to gently clean their gums, cheeks and tongue after meals. Elderly patients should remove their dentures every night for cleansing and a chance for the underlying tissues to breath. Steroids or antibiotics may also contribute to thrush, so when possible avoid long-term use of these medications. If your steroid is related to asthma management, rinse your mouth thoroughly after taking your medication.

If thrush is severe enough it may need antifungal medication or prescription mouthwash to eliminate the bacterial overgrowth. Most of the time though it is possible to clear up the yeast infection at home by increasing your intake of yogurt, acidophilus, avoiding tobacco products and eliminating sugar from your diet. Diabetics also need to control their blood sugar levels, as yeast thrives on sugar. It may also help to replace your toothbrush in order to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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