Dental Tips Blog

Jan
27

How to Get Rid of a Fungal Infection Under Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

Everyone has natural yeast or fungus in their mouths called candida. It’s not a contagious thing you can catch from someone else. But if conditions in your mouth are just right, this natural yeast can overgrow and cause irritation.

Denture wearers are especially prone to such infections, since the warm moist environment under a denture is the perfect place for the fungus to thrive.

If you don’t remove and clean your denture on a regular basis, the fungus population can explode and trigger a condition called denture stomatitis. This is inflammation of tissues in the mouth associated with wearing a denture.

Another common term for this yeast infection is thrush.

What should you do if you have thrush and you wear a denture?

Contact Your Dentist

Thrush can be very uncomfortable and can affect the fit of your denture. You may need professional help and prescription meds to get the infection under control. The dentist will give you directions that are specific to your health, oral hygiene condition, and denture type.

Remove and Clean Your Denture

First of all, take out your denture. Your gums need to breathe! The more time you can spend without wearing your denture, the faster the infection can clear up.

Properly disinfect your denture. Scrub it gently but thoroughly with warm water and non-abrasive soap. Soak it in a denture cleaning solution overnight and even after meals. Talk to your dentist about a special solution to use to clear up thrush.

Take an Antifungal

If improved hygiene doesn’t clear the thrush, it may be time for antifungals. Your dentist can prescribe a topical ointment or medication. Apply antibiotic ointment to cracks on the edges of your mouth.

Ask your dentist how you can lower your risk for developing denture stomatitis in the future or clear a current infection up ASAP.

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

Oct
15

Travel Tips for Denture Wearers

Posted in Dentures

Traveling with a denture doesn’t have to be any more exciting or risky than traveling with a full set of teeth. You just have to be prepared!

Have a backup.

Do you have an old denture that doesn’t fit very well? It’s a good idea to bring it along, stored in a case of clean water. You may opt to wear that one if you have plans to go kayaking on the lake and don’t want to risk your good denture falling out where it can’t be easily retrieved.

On the other hand, an old backup denture could come in handy if you do lose your regular one. At least you don’t have to go home with no teeth!

Use a secure case.

Perhaps you’re used to just keeping your dentures in a glass of water on your bedside table. But you might want to purchase a more secure case for your travels. You need something that will store your denture in water and will protect it in case it gets knocked off an unfamiliar nightstand in a dark room.

Alert your dentist.

Let your dentist know that you’ll be out of town for an extended time. He or she may be able to give you the contact information of reliable denture dentists in the area you’re headed for. In the event of an emergency, you’ll know who to call.

Keep spare cleaning products.

Why stick to just one box of your favorite denture cleaner? Keep extra on hand in case something gets lost in a checked suitcase that never shows up.

Ask your dentist for more tips on how to care for your denture on your next trip.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Sep
12

What Is Thrush?

Posted in Dentures

One thing denture wearers have to be on the lookout for is oral thrush, an uncomfortable fungal infection.

You may be more familiar with the term “thrush” when it comes to babies. Newborns are vulnerable to lots of infections with their newly developing immune systems.

But wearing a denture is another common cause of this fungal infection.

Thrush is most often caused by the yeast called Candida albicans. This yeast is present in everyone’s mouths, but bacterial populations usually keep it from overgrowing.

When conditions are just right, however, this yeast can experience a population explosion. Wearing a denture can create prime conditions for the fungus to thrive.

Candida overgrowth causes uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Sores at the corner of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Burning sensation
  • Sensitive mouth and throat tissues
  • White or yellow-colored creamy growth over oral tissues

Why Are Dentures at Risk?

Dentures are prone to developing yeast infections because they can trap microbes in the warm, dark, and rather dry space between the acrylic and the gums.

If you don’t keep your denture clean and remove it daily to clean your mouth, you could be at risk for developing a yeast infection like thrush. Your chances of getting thrush are even higher if you have dry mouth, take antibiotics or corticosteroids, suffer from diabetes, or smoke tobacco.

Prevent Thrush with a Denture

Take good care of your denture by soaking it in water or a safe cleaner and scrubbing it every day. Wipe your gums and brush and floss any remaining teeth you have to prevent debris from building up under your denture. Visit your dentist regularly to have your denture examined and maintained.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

May
6

Is Your Denture Making Your Gums Red? What it Could Mean

Posted in Dentures

Denture-related stomatitis shows up as an angry red patch of tissue directly underneath a full or partial denture. It can also cause the corners of the mouth to get sore, red, and chapped-looking.

If you’ve noticed an odd red patch under your denture, then you could be suffering from a specific kind of stomatitis. “Stomatitis” means inflammation of the mouth.

The inflammation is typically caused by a fungus called candida. The resulting growth is actually a yeast infection and is also known as thrush. It’s the same kind newborn babies can get.

There’s no outrunning the infection since everyone has the candida fungus present in their mouths, all the time.

But what causes it to suddenly flourish and cause thrush?

Denture stomatitis is most common in denture wearers. An unclean denture or one that’s left in the mouth for long periods of time provides the perfect environment for candida to thrive. Smoking also contributes to the irritation.

How can you get rid of a candida infection? The steps are very simple and with a dentist’s advice, your thrush should clear up in a matter of weeks, or even less.

  1. Give your denture a thorough cleaning with a denture-safe cleaner and brush.
  2. Soak your denture and allow your mouth to “breathe” for periods of time, ideally overnight.
  3. Carefully clean plaque and food debris from your gums and any remaining teeth twice a day, at the least.
  4. Use an antifungal medication or lozenge as prescribed by your dentist.

There could be some other less common culprit behind the wound on your gums. Although yeast infections clear up easily, you should still see your dentist for an examination to rule out other causes.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-002

Feb
13

Using Household Chemicals to Clean Dentures – Cheap, but is it Safe?

Posted in Dentures

Who doesn’t like a good bargain? Many times, we can find great bargains by getting double uses out of items that may be lying around our homes: vinegar for cleaning, tape for picking up lint, and so on.

When you don’t have the right denture cleaner handy, will just any disinfecting household solution work?

Dental experts caution that you should stay away from chemicals that aren’t intended to clean dentures, and here’s why:

You Can Damage Your Denture

Bleach is commonly used in a diluted solution to lift stains from dentures. It certainly seems to be the economic and simple alternative to a dental product. But if not done correctly (or done on the wrong kind of denture), it can result in:

  • Corrosion of metal components
  • Gradual roughening of the acrylic
  • Bleaching of the gum color
  • Breaking down the bond on a relined denture

Make sure that before you attempt ANY kind of homemade denture cleaner you check with your dentist about what your prosthesis can handle.

You Can Hurt Your Mouth

Residue from a household chemical can cause irritations, at the least, and chemical burns, at the worst. Rather than take that risk, do your mouth a favor and stick to approved denture cleaners.

What About Mouthwash and Vinegar?

There isn’t a lot of data on how vinegar solutions affect dentures. Talk with your dentist before trying it, though. As far as mouthwash goes, it’s good for your mouth, and that’s it. It isn’t powerful enough to keep dentures clean.

Remember to ask your dentist before trying any experiments on your valuable denture!

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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

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