Dental Tips Blog

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

Jan
25

Have Dentures? Here’s How to Keep Your Breath Fresh

Posted in Dentures

Just because you don’t have many (or any) natural teeth left doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a smile you can be proud of. Anyone can have sweet breath if they put forth the effort. Here’s what you need to do to keep your denture smelling pleasant.

Clean Your Denture

The most obvious method is to simply remove debris from your denture on a regular basis. This often involves removing them daily to soak per your dentist’s directions. Leaving your dentures in your mouth for long periods of time lets them accumulate stinky bacteria and food debris.

Brush Your Tongue

Your tongue and cheeks tend to harbor more of the smelly germs than other surfaces. Even a clean denture can’t make up for the odor given off by bacteria camped out on soft tissues in your mouth. Keep a toothbrush or tongue scraper handy. Use a bacteria-controlling mouthrinse, if your dentist recommends it.

What NOT To Do

Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking a minty piece of gum or candy is the solution! These will only temporarily mask odor and even encourage more bad breath if they contain sugar.

Soaking your denture in powerful household cleaning chemicals might sound like the end-all solution, but that can be harmful to both you and your denture.

Visit Your Dentist

Only your personal dentist can give you the best advice for keeping your prosthetic teeth fresh and clean. Regular visits are important even if you have no teeth left. A dental expert will ensure that your denture is healthy and fitting well and that your breath stays pleasant.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521

Nov
27

What’s So Bad About Sleeping in Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Sometimes, it just seems too easy to doze off while wearing your denture. Your dentist might be reminding you constantly about this. Why is this so important?

Dentures and Disease

Your denture traps food debris and bacteria against your gums. If all those particles sit there for hours on end with no break, then you could be setting yourself up for infections like thrush or even pneumonia. Dirty dentures foster disease.

Keep Your Smile Strong

Gums need to breathe! Just like you wouldn’t wear a heavy pair of work boots to bed at night, you need to remove your denture at night so that your mouth can relax.

Saliva flow decreases at night while you sleep. So that acrylic denture can get a little dried out and pasted to your gums. This will definitely irritate the sensitive tissues. It also makes your mouth prone to developing fungal infections, as well as leads to bone loss.

You may make a personal decision to keep your denture in at night on occasion if you are in unusual surroundings and don’t want others to know about your denture. Just make sure that you clean it thoroughly and have a regular routine of removing it on other nights.

What Your Dentist Recommends

Here are some general tips for caring for your denture so that you get the most out of it:

  • Rinse it off after each meal
  • Brush it daily with a soft brush and gentle cleanser
  • Clean your gums each day
  • Soak your denture in water or an approved solution each night

Keeping your denture and mouth clean is the best way to reduce your chances of developing infection or irritation.

Contact your dentist for more denture care advice specific to your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

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