Estimates suggest that 45 million Americans currently wear full or partial dentures. These prosthetic devices enable individuals who have lost teeth to regain their active lifestyles. With dentures, you can speak clearly, smile confidently, and eat a healthy diet. To make sure your dental appliance lasts, proper care is essential.
Follow these hints to protect your dentures.
Clean dentures daily
Like natural teeth, your dentures need regular care to eliminate plaque and food debris. Brushing dentures or soaking them in a denture cleaner will also prevent stains from developing. Purchase a brush specially designed for prosthetic devices.
Gentleness is key
As you clean your dentures, don’t scrub too hard because you can damage the plastic or metal components. Rinse the device with warm water but avoid hot water, which can cause the dentures to warp.
Don’t forget your mouth
Before reinserting your dentures, brush your gums, tongue, and cheeks with fluoride toothpaste to stimulate the tissues, remove plaque, and promote good oral health.
Schedule routine dental visits
Even without a full set of teeth, you still need to see your dentist for checkups. At these appointments, your doctor can make any adjustments to your prosthetic device and examine your mouth to look for any problems.
Skip at-home adjustments
Always contact your dental provider if your appliance needs adjusting or something breaks. Trying to fix the denture yourself can cause more damage and could cost you a great deal of money.
Store dentures safely
When you aren’t wearing the appliance, keep your dentures in a secure container. Let them soak in a denture solution or water so that they stay moist and won’t lose their shape.
The word cancer strikes fear and dismay in most people, and it’s no different when the diagnosis is oral cancer. You should know the risk factors and symptoms so that you can either avoid it completely, or catch it early enough that you’ll have the best chance of recovery.
Who is at risk?
Oral cancer is not contagious, but there are some activities that put you at higher risk for the disease. Both smoked and smokeless tobacco are linked to oral cancer, and the more you use tobacco the greater your risk becomes. Excessive alcohol consumption also increases your risk, and paired with tobacco use your risk is even higher. Sun exposure heightens your chances of developing cancer of the lip.
What are the symptoms?
Oral cancer patients may experience any of these signs of the disease:
• A sore in the mouth or throat that bleeds often and doesn’t heal within two weeks
• A thick area or lump in the cheek
• Patches in your mouth or on your lips that are red, white, or a mixture of the two
• Pain or difficulty swallowing
• Difficulty wearing your dentures
• A sore throat
• Tongue or mouth numbness
• Difficulty chewing, or moving your jaw or tongue
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What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you notice any of these signs, visit your dentist right away to get screened for oral cancer. When diagnosed early, there is an 80 percent survival rate. Unfortunately many patients wait too long to see their dentist, and late-stage diagnosis is the reason for most oral cancer deaths.
A bright, white smile can boost your confidence and make a positive impression on others. Teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure, available at your dentist office or with take-home kits. Natural remedies are also helpful. Here are some hints for reversing years of yellowing and staining on your teeth.
Be careful what you eat and drink
Anything that might stain a white shirt can stain your teeth, so limit dark beverages like coffee, red wine, and tea. Also be careful about foods like blueberries and blackberries. If you do consume items known to stain teeth, rinse with water afterwards.
Quit using tobacco products
Aside from being harmful to your health, tobacco products can badly stain your teeth. Brown stains from tobacco get into the grooves of your tooth enamel, causing discolorations are very difficult to remove. The longer you smoke, the worse the stains get.
Eat foods that help your teeth
A healthy diet will aid your teeth and bones, but also help your smile. Rubbing strawberries on your teeth can actually help to whiten them. Crunchy foods like celery, apples, and carrots trigger saliva, which helps to wash away food particles and remove stains from your teeth.
Chew sugarless gum
Sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, helping to clean your mouth and neutralize the acid that leads to tooth decay.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking water will remove food debris from your mouth, and reduce plaque buildup. Keeping your mouth moist also reduces bad breath.
Practice good oral hygiene
At minimum, brushing twice a day and flossing once daily will help maintain white teeth. It helps prevent stains, and using whitening fluoride toothpaste can give you an even brighter smile.
Visit your dentist
See Dr. Thanos every six months for cleanings and checkups. Professional cleanings will remove more teeth stains than you’re able to achieve at home.Read More »