Dental Tips Blog

Nov
26

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Dentures Out at Night

Posted in Dentures

While dentures are a life-saver in that they help you eat, speak, and smile, they’re pretty inconvenient in one area: you have to remove them before going to bed.

Hard as it can be to remember to take out your denture, here’s why you should do so.

Your gums need a break.

Your sensitive gums support your denture all day. If you don’t give them a chance to rest at night, they can become dried out and irritated.

Your breath will smell better.

A denture is like natural teeth in that it traps bacteria. But it’s worse because there are more places for debris to hide on a denture than on gums and teeth. Removing your denture each night to soak will help you keep it clean and your breath fresh.

You can stay healthy.

One study found that nursing home residents who didn’t remove their dentures at night were more than twice as likely to contract pneumonia than those who did take out their dentures. Dentures are the perfect breeding ground for dangerous germs that can be inhaled, so removing and cleaning them daily is critical.

Removing your denture at night makes it last longer.

Dentures put pressure on your jaw bone and cause it to change shape. Wearing your denture at night only increases the amount of wear it puts on your mouth. The faster your bone changes, the sooner you’ll need a new denture.

Leaving your denture in sets you up for a yeast infection.

Saliva flow slows down at night, so a denture left in becomes the perfect place for a fungus to thrive.

Still not convinced? Ask your dentist for more information on the best denture care.

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

Aug
20

Why You Need to Keep Your Denture in Water

Posted in Dentures

Like other aspects of dentistry, your dentures are designed based upon scientific laws.

Unfortunately, you don’t get to make those laws. One of the first requirements of denture care is this: keep it moist.

By taking good care of your denture as your dentist directs, you’ll keep it in comfortable and workable condition for years to come.

Water Preserves Dentures

Dentures may look like plain old plastic, but that’s not really the case.

A special acrylic makes up the denture base. This material is designed to maintain a certain shape while wet. Otherwise, the acrylic would expand and get loose in a moist environment like your mouth.

If your denture dries out (which it can do overnight), however, it will shrink and warp and won’t go back to its original shape.

Water Protects Dentures

Water in a sealed container provides the perfect cushioning for a denture in the event it gets knocked off the table. Dentures hold up to a lot of chewing, but crashing to the floor is a different story!

Consistently keeping your denture stored in water at night will also make it easier for you to remember where it is. If you casually leave your denture lying around on countertops, the side of the sink, or wrapped in a napkin, you’ll have a hard time tracking it down.

Water Helps You Clean Dentures

If you get in the habit of sleeping in your denture, you’ll probably never find time to clean it. Storing your denture in a bedside glass or container of water will help remind you to give your denture a cleaning on a daily basis.

Learn more about denture care from your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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

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

Dec
23

Sleeping in Dentures – 3 Reasons It’s a Bad Idea!

Posted in Dentures

Your denture is a great tooth replacement that can help you enjoy life with a functional smile. Proper care will help you get the most out of your prosthesis for as long as possible.

It can be very tempting to leave your denture in your mouth while you sleep. No doubt, you want your denture to be a permanent replacement for your teeth. But sleeping in dentures is actually quite dangerous. Here’s why:

  1. Your Bone Wears Down Faster

Dentures typically rub against gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This wear causes a loss in the height and shape of your jaw, causing permanent changes to your appearance.

Give your gums some breathing room at night and a break from the constant pressure. Doing so will help your bone structure last a bit longer!

  1. Nighttime Denture Wear Leads to Irritation

Saliva production slows down when you sleep, causing your mouth to dry out at night. Debris and bacteria trapped under your denture can’t be washed away with salival, so they have to just stay there. This is not kind to sensitive gum tissue! Your gums are likely to become inflamed and sore.

  1. Sleeping in Dentures Opens You Up to Infections

That bacteria under your denture is free to proliferate when you wear it at night. With more bacteria in the mouth come more smells… That’s right, bad breath is a common side-effect of wearing your denture through the night.

Your denture can even harbor bacteria that’s implicated in other infections, such as pneumonia.

Clean your denture daily as recommended, and don’t sleep with it in at night! Ask your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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

Mar
8

Caring For Your Dentures

Posted in Dentures

If you’ve lost your natural teeth and use are currently wearing dentures, then you’re probably wondering how best to care for them to keep them looking their brightest. Just like natural teeth, it’s important to practice good hygiene with your dentures, to reduce the growth of bacteria and to keep your breath its freshest.

Denture Care Tips

Your dentist can best show you how to care for your beautiful dentures, but here are a few tips:

  • Handle your dentures with care. Be cautious not to bend or damage your them or their clasps when cleaning them.
  • A quick rinse after meals will help dislodge food particles.
  • Remove your dentures prior to sleeping. Excessive denture wear can cause your jaw bone to resorb, creating a loose denture fit. It can also create a harmful environment in which bacteria and fungi (yeast) flourish.
  • Keep your dentures in a moist environment, to keep them from drying out and changing shape. Soak your dentures in a recommended cleaning solution when you’re not wearing them.
  • Care for your gums. When you remove your dentures, give your mouth a good rinse with water and then gently wipe your gums with a soft cloth or soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Clean your dentures every day. Just like natural teeth, your dentures can build up stains, plaque and bacteria. Use a soft-bristle brush and water (or a mild cleanser) to clean your denture surfaces. Soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution.

Visit Your Dentist

To properly maintain your beautiful dentures be sure to visit your dentist regularly! These visits are important for oral cancer screening and bone loss. Your dentist will also insure that your denture fit does not change and will give you helpful instruction in the ongoing care of your prosthesis.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

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