Dental Tips Blog

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

Apr
24

6 Problems Caused by a Loose Denture

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture starting to feel loose?

It’s time to see your dentist to have your denture adjusted. If you don’t, you could begin to experience the unpleasant effects of having a loose prosthesis.

Difficulty Speaking

Loose dentures can make a clacking noise when they come together. Other people may even notice a whistling when you speak to them. All the unwanted and distracting sounds could make you too embarrassed to carry on a conversation with anyone.

Difficulty Chewing

With a little practice, a snug new denture will help you get through just about any meal. But as your denture loosens up, you’ll find that it gets harder and harder to chew your food properly.

Poor Nutrition

Loose dentures can cause embarrassment and frustration while you try to enjoy a meal. You may find yourself gradually changing your diet to avoid those hard-to-chew foods. As a result, you can end up eating only soft meals (like canned soups, mashed potatoes, and pudding) which tend to be low in nutritional content.

Sores on Gums

If your denture can move around in your mouth, then it’s likely chafing your gums. You can develop raw patches or gums so swollen and painful that you can’t even wear your denture at all.

Rapid and Uneven Bone Wear

Dentures put pressure on your bone and slowly cause it to resorb, but this process happens quicker if your dentures don’t rest evenly on your jaw.

Jaw Pain

Loose and/or unbalanced dentures will put different degrees of strain on your jaw. The imbalance can lead to TMJ problems.

Do your smile a favor and stop suffering with a loose denture! Contact a denture provider for help.

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

Jan
26

Why Your Dentures Don’t Fit Like They Used To

Posted in Dentures

When you first got your dentures, they felt nice and snug and you could chew with confidence.

But now that a few years have gone by, they’re starting to feel a little loose. They slip out of place when you chew and click when you speak.

What’s going on?

Why Dentures Get Loose

Your denture rests directly on your gums for support. When you bite down, the force of your bite presses on the bone underneath. This is different from the way teeth put pressure on bone; teeth have roots embedded deep within the jaw, taking the blunt of the force.

Over time, this constant pressure on your jawbone can actually cause it to start wearing away. As a result, the shape of your mouth changes but your denture doesn’t change to fit it.

Eventually, even the best dentures get loose.

How to Make Your Dentures Fit Again

Your first instinct might be to pack on the denture adhesive. But this solution is only temporary. Adhesive works best in small amounts, anyway, in line with the “less is more” principle.

Never attempt adjusting your denture at home since you could cause irreversible damage.

The best solution for a loose denture is to have it adjusted by a dentist. Only your dentist can successfully reline your denture for a more comfortable fit. If your denture is beyond repairing, then it may be time to get a new one altogether.

If your dentures are loose, then it’s time to see your dentist for advice. Waiting too long will only make things worse, since loose dentures can cause sore gums and wear down your bone even faster.

Call today to find out how you can get a better-fitting appliance.

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

Nov
27

Four Things You Can Do If Your Dentures Won’t Stay in Place

Posted in Dentures

Loose, unpredictable dentures can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Try these steps if your denture isn’t fitting properly.

1. Bite and swallow.

If you’re new to wearing a denture, then you may still need some practice getting it to feel right. One trick is to place your denture, bite your teeth together firmly, close your lips, and swallow. What this does is create a vacuum in your mouth that should help your appliance seal to the roof of your mouth.

2. Use a denture adhesive.

A denture cream or paste is often the first line of defense against slippery dentures. Keep in mind, though, that a dab will do you. Denture adhesives are designed to work on the “less is more” principle. You only need a little bit to secure your appliance and if you have to use more to make your teeth stay put, then it’s time to move on to Step 3.

3. Get your denture adjusted, or relined.

A poorly-fitting denture won’t stay put no matter what you try. It could be time to visit your dentist to have it refitted to the shape of your gums. This is especially critical if your loose denture is chafing and causing sores on your mouth.

4. Try implants.

When all else fails and you’re sick of having to deal with a denture that constantly needs adjustment, you might want to start considering implants. Dental implants rest inside the jawbone and provide supports for a denture so that the appliance doesn’t have to rest directly on your gums. The result is a stronger and more secure bite.

Contact your dentist for more advice if your sliding dentures have you at your wits’ end!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Oct
21

It’s Time to Repair Your Denture if You Notice These Signs

Posted in Dentures

You’ve had your dentures for a little while now, and you’ve gotten accustomed to some new-ish inconveniences that they’ve started to cause.

Sound familiar? Actually, dentures are not supposed to cause you any discomfort. When working properly, they should behave almost like your natural teeth.

If you experience any of the signs listed below, you need to get your dentures repaired or even replaced.

Small chips and cracks – You’ve bitten into something hard, and heard a crack! There’s no broken teeth, but that doesn’t mean that your appliance isn’t damaged. Small cracks and chips can cause sharp edges, which can hurt your tongue and cheeks.

Difficulty chewing – Dentures are designed to help you chew better. So if you notice over time that chewing is beginning to get more difficult, you need your dentures repaired or refitted to your mouth.

Slipping out of place – Your dentures should stay put, but they’ve begun to have a mind of their own and slip out of place. This is a sign that your dentures don’t fit properly anymore and needs to be adjusted.

Clacking sound when eating or speaking – Generally, dentures should behave like normal teeth. If you hear an annoying clicking sound then your dentures most likely don’t fit properly.

Sore gums – dentures that need adjustment or repairs can put unnecessary pressure on your gums, resulting in pain and sores on your gums.

Your dentures are supposed to make your life easier, not more difficult. So if they are causing you pain or discomfort, you should get them repaired or replaced before they lead to other problems.

Schedule an appointment with your local dentist to get your dentures back on track.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Aug
21

How to Improve Your Speech with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

If you just got your first denture, then you may be worried that your speech never sound normal. But it can; getting used to new dentures just takes time.

While dentures are a major life adjustment, the good news is that you can successfully relearn how to speak with confidence!

The following tips will help.

Massage Your Gums

A tense jaw will only make the situation worse. Loosen tense muscles every morning by massaging your jaws and cheeks and chin. This boosts circulation and helps oral structures to relax. The more relaxed your mouth is, the easier it will be to speak while wearing a denture.

Speak Slowly

There’s no rush! When you take time to formulate your thoughts before speaking and then deliberately express them, you’re less likely to fumble over your denture.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing out loud when you’re alone is a great way to get more comfortable with tricky words. Practice words with lots of consonants like D, F, T, and V. If you’re worried about what to say to others, go ahead and rehearse at home in advance. Eventually, your tongue will relearn how to form words around your denture.

The Bite-and-Swallow Trick

One of the simplest things you can do is the bite-and-swallow trick. Bite your denture together and swallow. This helps your denture get a firm grip on your gums. Do this before you start to speak. It will ensure that you don’t trip over your denture as you begin to say something!

Your first denture may cause slurred speech and excess saliva for a little while. But with the help of your dentist, you’ll master talking with a denture in no time!

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

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

Nov
8

Dentures Making You Gag?

Posted in Dentures

The good thing about the way our mouths are set up is that we don’t gag on normal structures like our teeth or tongues. Gagging is an issue common to many people and denture wearers in particular. If this is a frequent problem for you, then you need a solution that will help you deal with it. Going without dentures is not an option!

Gagging On Dentures – Why It Happens

Gagging happens when an unnatural object touches a sensitive area in your mouth. Gag points tend be located farther back on your palate and throat. A denture that rests on the front palate could trigger gagging if it extends too far back to the soft palate.

What Can You Do?

First, see if the way you put your dentures in is causing the trouble. Have a sit-down with your dentist and try out different techniques for seating your appliance without letting it brush against any sensitive spots in your mouth.

Pay attention to where your tongue is in your mouth. If it’s wandering around too much, it could jostle a denture loose or draw attention to a sensitive spot. In contrast, you can use your tongue to help stabilize your appliance.

Give yourself a little time if you’re still getting used to a first denture. Your mouth needs to adjust to the presence of the appliance. You’ll probably drool a lot and have a sensitive gag-reflex during the early weeks, but with time, it will start to feel natural.

If all else fails, see your dentist to find out if a denture adjustment or implant option is the best solution to your gagging problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

Jul
25

4 Signs You Should See Your Dentist For a Denture Adjustment or Repair

Posted in Dentures

It’s nice to think that once you get a set of false teeth you’ll never have to worry about them again. On the contrary, although they aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still have a big responsibility on your hands.

Or on your gums, rather.

Getting your denture adjusted and repaired on a regular basis is healthier for your mouth and can even extend the life of your appliance.

  1. Sores On Gums

A loose denture will chafe uncomfortably against soft tissues in your mouth. That’s definitely not normal for a denture. If the fit isn’t improved, those sore spots will only get worse until you can’t bear to wear your denture at all.

  1. Using Lots Of Adhesive

A little denture paste or cream goes a long way. In fact, the better your denture fits, the better the adhesive works. But if you find yourself dabbing on more paste than usual to hold your denture down, it may be time to have it tightened a bit.

  1. Slipping

Is your sandwich just not chewing the way it usually does?

Either the bread is stale, or your dentures don’t have a stable fit anymore. Over time, your jawbone shrinks under the pressure of dentures. Your appliance will need to be adjusted to compensate for those changes.

  1. Small Cracks

If your denture still fits, you might not think a small nick or hairline fracture is a big deal. But it will get bigger the longer it’s left there. It also provides a hideout for smelly bacteria and fungus.

Ask your dentist about the right time to get a denture adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Jan
8

5 Signs it’s Time for a Denture Adjustment

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture ready for an update? Perhaps even an complete upgrade? Here are five signs that you should schedule a visit with your dentist.

You’ve been reaching for that denture paste.

Every day, you’re layering on the denture adhesive. It’s not unusual to need some help in the very beginning when you’re still getting used to your new denture. But if you’ve been using an adhesive a lot more than usual, it’s a good sign that your denture has lost some of its essential and snug fit.

You notice sore spots on your gums.

When dentures start to loosen, they’ll rub and chafe against the soft tissue of tissues throughout your mouth. So if you’re finding raw spots on your gums that make it painful to wear a denture, you really should see your dentist right away.

You’re talking a little funny.

Remember how it took you a while to get used to talking with your denture when you first got it? If you’re once again having a hard time pronouncing words without your denture clicking, whistling or slipping out of place, then that means it needs to be adjusted due to anatomical changes in your mouth.

It’s been harder to chew the same foods.

Your denture needs some expert attention if it’s not staying securely in place. Even if you have a reliable technique for eating with loose dentures, it’s not good for your diet.

You’re embarrassed to wear your denture.

Does your denture just feel less secure? If you’re unusually hesitant about eating in public, then getting your denture adjusted could help you regain that confidence.

Call your dentist if you’re noticing any of these signs. It could be an easy, one-day fix!

Posted on behalf of:
Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
(702) 567-0000

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