Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

Eat This Instead of That: 5 Alternative Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

New dentures can put a bit of a damper on your diet. But all’s not lost—a little creativity is all you need to enjoy your favorite flavors in denture-friendly bites until you get a bit more proficient with chewing.

 

 

Instead of Tortillas, Try Tortilla Soup

 

Get that south-of-the-border flavor fix in a hearty tortilla soup where the meat and tortillas are shredded up into soft and manageable bits. You won’t have to use your denture too much to enjoy this!

Instead of a Green Salad, Try a Green Smoothie

Fresh veggies are essential to your health but they’re almost impossible to eat without teeth. Thank goodness for blenders! Whip up your favorite greens with some juice or yogurt for a drinkable salad.

Instead of Chicken Wings, Try Chicken Wing Dip

There’s just nothing that can replace those messy wings on game day. But chicken wing dip is a close second! By heating cooked shredded chicken meat with hot sauce, cheeses, and ranch dressing, you can create a flavorful concoction that’s boneless and denture-friendly.

Instead of Steak, Try Beef Stew

You may always have a hard time grinding up meats with your denture. Opt for slow-cooked and stewed meats that “melts in your mouth” instead.

Instead of Carrots, Try Sweet Potatoes

Are fresh carrots too hard and slippery to chew with your denture? Roasted or boiled sweet potatoes pack a similar amount of the nutrients found in carrots and are much softer to eat.

For the most part, wearing dentures means you’ll have to find new ways to cut up and soften your foods for easy chewing. Your dentist can give you some more suggestions for a healthy and flavorful denture diet as you adjust to your new prosthesis.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Aug
4

4 Ways to Keep Your Dentures from Sliding Around

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture so loose that it slips around your mouth? Try these methods to give your “plage” a more secure fit.

Swallow When You Place Your Denture

For starters, make sure you’re placing your denture with the proper technique. After seating your denture on your gums, gently bite your teeth together to secure it, close your lips, and swallow. This creates a suction in the mouth that should help your prosthesis seal to against your gums. It can take a little practice to get this right, especially if you’re new to wearing dentures.

Use a Denture Adhesive

A denture cream or paste may give you improved comfort and a greater sense of security. Wash it off of your denture at the end of every day, though. If you don’t, the buildup of product could make your denture feel loose all over again.

Check Your Denture Fit

If a denture doesn’t fit no matter what you try, then the denture itself may need an adjustment. It might have to be altered to adjust to changes in your jawbone or gum tissue. Dropping your denture, washing it in hot water, using the wrong cleaning chemicals on it, or letting it dry out can also damage its fit.

Try an Implant Denture

When all else fails to fix your loose denture, it could be a sign that it’s just not right for you. Some people have a very difficult time wearing dentures successfully. You might do better with a dental prosthesis that’s supported by implants. Your prosthesis will rest securely on top of the implants instead of sliding around and pressing on your gums.

Contact a dentist near you to find out how to get a better denture fit.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Jun
19

5 Reasons Why Your Lower Denture May Be Loose

Posted in Dentures

Is a loose lower denture ruining your ability to enjoy a meal or laugh around your friends?

A poor-fitting denture can be both painful and embarrassing. To make it fit properly again you need to first figure out what’s making it loose.

Here are a few possibilities you should consider.

  1. Your Denture Isn’t Properly Contoured

Dentures need to have little notches carved into the sides to accommodate tissue attachments. Your cheeks and lips are attached to your jaw by thin strong cables of skin called frenula. Your denture won’t rest securely on your jaw if it doesn’t have spaces to fit around those attachments.

  1. Your Denture Edges Are Too Thick or Thin

Dentures edges that are too thick, thin, short, or long will make your denture unstable.

  1. Your Impressions Weren’t Taken Correctly

Dentures are designed from a mold taken from your mouth. The dentist uses a soft impression material to capture the shape of your mouth. If the mold wasn’t taken with just the right amount of pressure, that could result in design flaws and a loose lower denture.

  1. Your Denture Teeth Are Uneven

Perhaps your denture fits just fine, but the upper and lower teeth don’t match up correctly. An uneven bite could knock your lower denture out of place.

  1. Your Denture Is Too Old

If your lower denture is suddenly loose after years of fitting perfectly, then that could mean you need a new one. The bone in your jaw shrinks under years of pressure from wearing such a prosthesis. Eventually, the denture doesn’t fit anymore and becomes loose.

Ask your dentist about solutions for a loose denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Jun
19

Here’s Why Dentures Aren’t the Solution to Your Dental Problems

Posted in Dentures

Have you ever wished you could just have all of your teeth pulled in favor of getting dentures?

Sacrificing your natural teeth for dentures isn’t exactly the easy way out when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy.

Dentures Require Daily Care

Having no teeth to floss doesn’t let you off the hook when it comes to oral hygiene. Your denture requires daily cleaning, soaking, and you’ll still have to rinse off your gums. You might even find the routine a bit more tedious than just brushing your natural teeth.

Dentures Can Cause Problems, Too

It’s not natural to have an acrylic appliance pressing on your gums for hours at a time. Dentures can cause irritation and swelling in oral tissues and can even trap pathogens that cause infections, especially if they don’t fit well.

It’s Harder to Eat with Dentures

Dentures cannot compare with natural teeth when it comes to eating. Your bite strength will be reduced by and you’ll have to say “no” to certain foods until you get a lot more practice.

Dentures Can Change Your Appearance

For some time after getting dentures they’ll help support the height of your smile. But as the years go by, the weight of a prosthesis will cause your jaw to shrink (resorb.) This results in a short, sunken chin and loose skin. The smile shrinking process doesn’t happen nearly as much when there are natural tooth roots supporting the jaw.

Dentures serve an important purpose as teeth replacements for those who ultimately have to part with their teeth. But this doesn’t make them the preferable alternative to natural teeth.

Ask your dentist whether getting dentures is right for you.

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

May
20

What’s It Like to Eat with a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Eating with dentures in your mouth is nothing like chewing with natural teeth!

If dentures are in your near future, then it helps to know what you should plan for.

What to Know About Chewing with Dentures

Eating with dentures does bring along several challenges. At first, your prosthesis may feel very bulky. You might gag easily and salivate more than usual. All of this can complicate the eating process initially, but you will overcome the obstacles with time.

Dentures impact your ability to taste food because they block sensation in the roof of your mouth. They also can’t grip foods with the strength that natural teeth do.

A new or poorly-fitting denture can loosen and “float” around your mouth when you try to eat. This can result in food accumulating under your denture every time you eat.

Tips for Successfully Eating with Dentures

  • Bite and swallow to seat your denture and create a strong suction
  • Cut foods into smaller pieces before eating them
  • Avoid chewy, sticky, tough, and hard foods. The harder you have to work, the more likely your denture will slip out of place
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to maintain balanced pressure
  • Eat small amounts and make sure the food clears out of your mouth before you take another bite
  • Swallow liquids quickly rather than letting them pool in your mouth – they can loosen the suction on a lower denture
  • Practice at home for a few weeks until you’re comfortable with your denture and then schedule social eating activities once your confidence grows
  • Try using denture adhesive

Eating with a denture is challenging, but not impossible. See your dentist for more tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

May
18

How to Prevent People from Noticing Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

The idea of wearing a denture can be scary and shameful for some people. As much as possible, you don’t want others to know that you’ll soon be getting “false” teeth.

How do you hide the fact that you’re wearing a denture?

It’s easier than ever. Here are a few tips to put your mind at ease.

Your Denture Will Look Natural

Dentures are designed to perfectly contour to the shape of your mouth so that they stay in place with suction. You can also choose the color of the gums and the shape and color of the teeth on your denture. It won’t look like a stock photo set of perfect teeth; your dentist will help you design a denture that looks natural.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Plan to spend a lot of time at home in the first weeks after getting a denture. You’ll need to practice quite a bit until you feel confident laughing, sneezing, eating, and talking with a “plate.” The more you practice at home, the sooner you’ll be able to go out with friends and enjoy their company without worrying about whether or not they’ll notice your new prosthesis.

Implants Can Help

For the most secure fit possible, consider getting implants to lock your denture in place. Implant-retained dentures won’t slip and slide no matter what you do. They’re also the best way to reinforce the bone in your jaw and prevent it from shrinking, maintaining a natural-looking smile for years.

Implant stabilized dentures aren’t for everyone, so make sure to discuss the idea in full with your dentist.

How else can you get a comfortable and natural-looking denture? Contact your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

May
16

‘Why Won’t My Dentist Pull My Teeth So I Can Get Dentures?’

Posted in Dentures

Extracting your teeth to get dentures may seem like the solution to all of your dental problems.

So why won’t your dentist just do what you asked and get it over with?

There’s Nothing Like Your Natural Teeth

A denture can’t compare to having natural teeth, so your dentist is in no hurry to replace them with a denture.

Dentures tend to dull your sense of taste and they reduce your ability to bite and chew. They also cause your jawbone to wear away and rapidly shrink.

Dentists know it’s bad practice to extract perfectly healthy teeth unless there’s a good reason to. You should only consider this option if you have very few teeth left or if your remaining teeth are not strong enough to support implants or fillings.

Dentures Don’t Eliminate the Need for Good Oral Hygiene!

If you want dentures just so you never have to brush or floss again, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Dentures require just as much care and maintenance as natural teeth do.

You won’t have to brush and floss the same way you do for natural teeth, but dentures do need to be brushed, soaked, and rinsed daily. Otherwise, they can cause problems like:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum sores
  • Bacterial and fungal infections

Dentures Don’t Work Like You Expect

You can’t just put in a denture and get a perfect smile like magic. It takes time and planning and practice to get a beautiful denture that’s easy to use.

If your dentist discourages you from getting a denture, it’s just because he or she knows you’ll be better off keeping your natural teeth.

Contact your dentist to find out how dentures can affect your smile for better or worse.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

May
15

How Can Only 2 or 4 Implants Support a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

One of the most common types of full mouth reconstruction treatments is to use dental implants to support a fixed denture (“plate.”)

Some people assume that in order to replace their missing teeth with implants, they need an individual implant for each tooth that is missing.

Fortunately, that just isn’t the case. And it all has to do with how durable implants are to begin with! 

Strategic Placement and Support

A pair of dental implants can support the weight of multiple teeth. That’s why dentists often use them to anchor bridges up to 4-5 teeth long. But when you need a longer prosthesis — such as a denture or hybrid plate design — you may only need four implants total.

Each of the implants is placed in strategic points of the jaw, so that they bear weight and provide a firm anchor that prevents the denture from slipping. If you’ve heard of an “All on 4” treatment or “implant supported hybrid dentures” this is usually what’s involved.

Removable Stabilized Dentures

If you prefer to have dentures that can still be removed, it’s possible to use just two implants to act as anchors that stabilize the plate during the day. This extra support prevents the need for adhesives or messy pastes, but still allows you to take your denture out for easy care and maintenance.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

Getting dental implants is an efficient way for adults of all ages to enjoy a healthy smile. They may even be able to place after you’ve had a denture made, retrofitting it to snap over the abutments. Talk to your dentist about the choices available for your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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

Apr
14

5 Tips for the Best Denture Care

Posted in Dentures

Your new denture is a valuable investment, and one that you depend on every single day. So it only makes sense that you want to take good care of your denture and make it last a long time.

Here are five things you should do to keep your denture clean, strong, and beautiful for many years.

  1. Rinse After Eating

You can prevent a lot of stain, odor, and debris buildup on your denture if you rinse it carefully after each meal or snack. A quick rinse under water is all it takes. Swish some water in your mouth too before putting your denture back in.

  1. Brush Your Denture Thoroughly

Use a soft-bristled brush designed for dentures to clean your appliance. Regular brushing removes food debris and prevents stains from settling into the acrylic. Handle your denture with care while you clean it.

  1. Soak When Not in Use

Did you know that dentures can shrink and warp if they dry out? They’re designed to fit perfectly in a moist environment like your mouth. That’s why you need to soak your denture in a dentist-approved solution during times you’re not wearing it, such as while you sleep.

  1. Clean Your Mouth, Too

Germs on your gums can move right back in to a clean denture. Wipe down your gums every day, even if you don’t have any natural teeth left. Use a rinse to control bacteria growth if your dentist advises it.

  1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups are as important for denture-wearers as they are for those with natural teeth. See your dentist often to make sure your denture is strong, and your mouth is healthy.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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