What to Know About Your First Set of Dentures

Getting your first set of dentures is a process that is both freeing and challenging. It is freeing because you may have become used to limping along with only a few teeth, and suddenly you will have a full set of teeth again.

You’ll be able to enjoy foods that you may have given up on, and if your speech was affected by tooth loss, you’ll be able to speak normally again.

It can also be a little bit of a challenge getting your first set of dentures. To be sure, it will be a new experience, and you may have to spend a bit of time learning how to adapt to them.

Start Slowly

When it comes to eating with your new dentures, you may very well be tempted to run out and get a big steak. While this is understandable – particularly if you haven’t been able to enjoy that type of food for a long time – it is also a mistake.

Start with foods that are soft and easy to chew. You are going to have to re-learn how to chew, and you want to do whatever you can to minimize the chances of complications. While you don’t necessarily have to restrict yourself to soups and yogurt, you will want to start with foods that are softer and don’t require so much chewing.
As time passes you will get used to chewing with your dentures. Then you can move on to other foods that you enjoy.

Remember to Use Both Sides

Many people, when using their first set of dentures, get into the habit of chewing on only one side of the mouth. This can cause uneven wear and tear on the dentures. It can also create jaw issues because of the uneven pressure on different sides of the jaw. Focus on using both sides. Eventually this will become a habit.

Congratulations on your first set of dentures! Keep the above tips in mind, and soon you’ll be using them as easily as you used your natural teeth.

What to Do to Keep Your Original Teeth as Long as Possible

Fear of losing teeth is real, and many people have nightmares of having teeth pulled or teeth falling out. They wake up in a sweat not sure of why they’re having this recurring dream.

While there are different interpretations of what these dreams are related to, the fear of losing teeth is one of the biggest in a person’s life.

Our dentists and hygienists are committed to helping our patients keep their teeth for their entire lives and with proper care here, in our office and good habits at home, most people can obtain this goal as well. Our teeth are some of the strongest bones in our body, and they’re designed for chewing hard foods. In some cases, damage to the teeth is inevitable, such as when you are involved in a car accident, but even then, we may be able to save your teeth.

The Best Thing to Do to Keep Your Original Teeth

One of the best things you can do to keep your original teeth for a long time is visit us twice a year. Professional cleanings are designed to control plaque, that sticky material that leaves a bad taste in your mouth and promotes cavities, the beginning of tooth decay.

Another important thing you can do is practice good oral health habits at home. Brush twice daily, using a toothbrush with soft bristles and floss daily. We also recommend using a water pic to get to those hard to reach places even flossing won’t understand.

Avoiding bad habits such as drinking or eating sugary foods and smoking, can also help you keep your teeth for a long, long time. Smoking can lead to tooth loss and even oral cancer, so it is a good idea to try to kick this bad habit. There are many things we can do together to help you keep your original teeth as long as possible.

What Effects Does Malnutrition Have on Your Oral Health?

The foods that you eat have a major impact on your oral health. Your teeth and gums rely on vital nutrients that you obtain through your diet, so if you don’t eat properly, your oral health may be in jeopardy.

A High-Sugar Diet Leads to Cavities

When it comes to your oral health, sugar is a big enemy. Almost every food that you eat will contain some type of sugar, but the biggest culprits are white bread, candy, soda, cookies, and other simple carbohydrates. These items provide food for the bacteria in your mouth, and this can ultimately lead to decay and other oral issues.

Prevent Infection with a Healthy Diet

If your diet is low in certain nutrients, it may be hard for your gum and oral tissues to resist – and fight – infection. This could lead to gum disease, and left untreated, tooth loss may result. Researchers believe that people who maintain poor eating habits may experience a faster profession of gum disease than those who follow a healthy diet.

Best Foods for Good Oral Health

When it comes to foods that will benefit your oral health, some options are better than others. These foods are especially beneficial for your teeth and gums:

  • * Dairy. Cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products are high in calcium and low in sugar, which is great for your teeth.
  • * Crunchy fruits and vegetables. Not only are these items rich in vitamins and minerals, they are also fibrous and work to scrub the teeth free of debris and food particles.
  • * Lean protein. Foods that are rich in phosphorous like lean meat and poultry help to strengthen the teeth.

 

Good nutrition is an important part of a healthy mouth, but it is only one aspect. You also need to see your dentist once every six months, and we are standing by to set up your next appointment. Give us a call today.

What Causes Your Dentin to Darken?

Everyone wants to have a perfectly white smile. Walk into the pharmacy department of any grocery store, and you will see shelves upon shelves of dental products. From toothpastes, to mouthwashes, to home whitening kits, the options to whiten your teeth are endless.

So why does it seem that, even with all these options available, your teeth often darken as time passes? The answer is simple and, fortunately, so is the solution.

What is Dentin?

To understand why your teeth darken, you need to first understand how they are composed. Most people know that the tooth has multiple layers. The hardest layer on the outside is called the enamel. This is what most people see when they look in the mirror.

However, as time passes, the enamel can wear down, exposing a softer layer underneath. This layer is the dentin. Dentin, in addition to being softer, tends to pick up discoloration more easily than enamel. This is why it frequently seems that older people have greater tooth discoloration.

Why Does Dentin Darken?

There is actually not any one factor in the darkening of your dentin. As noted above, it does tend to pick up stains faster than enamel. In addition to this, certain types of medications can cause the dentin to become discolored. And of course, certain drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine will accelerate the problem.

Other habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to tooth staining, as well. Regardless of the source of the issue, if you want to explore tooth whitening, we can help you.

With today’s dental technology, there are actually several options for you if you want a whiter smile. Talk with us about it and ask which options would be best for you. You will find the solution to be easier and faster than you probably expected.

Ways of Keeping Your Tongue Super Clean to Avoid Bad Breath

When caring for the mouth, one area that often gets overlooked is the tongue. Unfortunately, this is often the source of bad breath for many people, so it needs to be kept clean to avoid halitosis. These are some steps that can help.

Brush It

One of the easiest ways to keep your tongue clean is to brush it. Take some extra time when brushing your teeth to dedicate to your tongue. The tongue harbors food particles and bacteria that are trapped under the mucous, which can be a major cause of bad breath.

Brush the top of the tongue with a small dab of toothpaste to remove this stinky buildup. It is also recommended that you start at the back and work your way forward to ensure the entire surface of the tongue is cleaned.

Use a Dedicated Tongue Scraper

If using your toothbrush to brush your tongue just doesn’t sound like something that interests you, consider investing in a dedicated tongue scraper. Made from soft plastic, a tongue scraper will peel off the layer of debris situated on top of the tongue. Make sure that you rinse off the tool with warm water after each swipe so that you aren’t simply moving material around.

Use Mouthwash

Another helpful tool in your quest to keep your tongue clean is mouthwash. Mouthwash will help to rid the oral surfaces of debris, bacteria, and food particles, including the large surface area of the tongue. You may want to do this step before you brush or employ your tongue scraper so that any debris is loosened and more easily removed.

Do you have questions about how to keep your mouth clean in order to prevent bad breath? If so, give our office a call. We can determine the cause of your chronic bad breath and how to properly manage it. “