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Denture Care 101: How to Keep Your New Smile Sparkling Clean

First impressions are lasting impressions. A good set of dentures brightens your appearance allowing you to feel more confident wherever you go.

The number of Americans that will need dentures in 2020 is expected to reach 37 million in 2020. This means denture care will become a major concern for many Americans.

Follow these quick tips to make sure you maintain a healthy set of dentures over time.

Clean After Eating

Always remove your dentures after every meal. Quick rinse helps remove debris that might be trapped in crevices.

Rinse your mouth once the dentures are removed. Use a soft toothbrush to brush your tongue, natural teeth and around your mouth to get it clean before placing your dentures back in.

Dentures are fragile. Clean in a sink filled with water or over a soft surface like a washcloth or towel. 

Brush Daily

Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be brushed daily. Your denture care routine should include brushing with an ultrasonic cleaner.

Never use toothpaste as it is far too abrasive for your dentures. According to WebMD, products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance are recommended for denture care.

Soak Overnight

Proper denture care means they remain flexible and moist throughout their usage. Soaking dentures overnight helps to prevent them from drying out.

Consider a denture-soaking solution recommended by your dentist to ensure you have the best experience. Not all dentures are made from the same material and might require different levels of care. 

Always rinse the dentures in the morning before placing them back into your mouth. The soaking solution isn’t always safe for consumption. 

Get the Right Fit

Visit your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures maintain the right shape. Normal wear and tear can cause them to lose their shape over time.

The right fit means your denture responds well to the adhesive and stays in place throughout the day. Sometimes wearing dentures too long during the day causes the adhesive to wear off.

Consult with your dentist to find the right solutions especially if you no longer have your natural teeth. 

Replace On Time

Dentures don’t last forever. Five to seven years is the most common life span of dentures.

With proper care and a healthy mouth, your dentures might last longer. Act fast, however, if you notice wear and tear. Fractures can occur that leave you vulnerable to infection.

Not every replacement means brand new dentures. Your dentist might recommend repairing an existing set of dentures depending on your situation.

In order to determine the best course of action, you need to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice wear on your dentures. 

Professional Denture Care

It’s a good idea to have a daily denture care routine in place, but this never replaces the need to see a professional. See your dentist if you have any questions or find that your adhesive isn’t the best fit for your dentures.

Ill-fitting dentures lead to larger health problems that can be avoided if detected early. For more information about denture care or oral health, please visit our website

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A Guide to Getting Dentures: What to Expect

Have you lost a tooth? Two? All of them? It is scary and worrying at the same time. It deprives you of confidence whenever you are around people. Worry no more. There are numerous ways available to substitute your lost teeth.

The best-known substitutes are tooth implants and dentures. Primary focus today is on dentures. Are you ready to get dentures? In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about getting dentures.

Who Truly Needs Dentures?

Dentures are not for everyone. There are people who genuinely need dentures more than others. According to the majority of dental specialists, two groups of people best need dentures. One group is that of people with periodontal disease and the other group is people with extensive dental cavities.

Extraction of the teeth for the people in either group is better for them. There are different kinds of dentures, you’ll need to research each one of them before settling on one.

Can Any Dentist Be Good at Fixing Dentures?

Contrary to the majority’s opinion, not all dentists have the ability to properly fix dentures. Well, most of them have an idea on how to fix the dentures. However, while considering getting dentures, you need to concentrate on finding a Prosthodontist.

Prosthodontists undergo additional training that takes three more years than the average dentist. The additional three years are for their specialization in dental prosthetics. A patient is better of relying on a Prosthodontist than a regular dentist.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Dentist

Having made the decision to get dentures, you must expect to have frequent visits to the dentist and which will cost a lot. With frequent visits, you might want to choose a dentist who is at a convenient location. Getting dentures is a series of procedures and not a single day affair.

You should work out a plan with your dentist and consider freeing up some ample time of your coming weeks. Getting dentures is generally costly. While choosing a dentist, don’t go cost shopping and settle for the cheapest. Base your decision on referrals and competencies of the dentist. You don’t want to have issues with your teeth all in the name of cutting on costs.

Expect to Have Pros and Cons After Getting Dentures

Nobody promises a smooth ride when it comes to dental procedures. Getting dentures will have both pros and cons. The well-known pros are that dentures are the cheapest alternative relative to getting implants and that getting dentures gives you a more attractive look than having your natural teeth.

The cons of getting dentures are that it is difficult to chew and taste food when compared to natural teeth. Dentures also need replacement every five years. This is expensive for many.

Taking Care of Your Dentures

Dentures, whether removable or permanent require frequent cleaning to avoid discoloration. For removable dentures, you need to soak them overnight and properly clean them before putting them back into your mouth.

When it comes to repairing your dentures, taking them to your dentist is the best idea. Repairing them on your own is risky. You may end up damaging them more.

What to Expect While Getting Dentures?

The guide above dwells on all the most important points to know and expect while getting dentures. Any other information is readily available from your trusted dentist. However, all the points noted to give you a head start and adequate knowledge.

Check out our website to find out more about dentures, its alternatives and other insights on dental health.

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Your Guide to Cleaning your Dentures

Your Guide to Cleaning Your Dentures

Whether you are just starting on your journey and still just considering dentures or you are a new denture wearer, you probably have a lot of questions. Specifically, you probably want to know about cleaning your dentures. After all, you won’t have to brush your natural teeth, but you’ll still need to brush your mouth, gums, and tongue. But what about your dentures? Do you brush those too? Learn the answers to your top denture questions in this denture-cleaning guide.

Is it safe to use toothpaste on your dentures?

No. Although you are still brushing your gums, insides of your cheeks, and your tongue, you do not need to brush your dentures with your toothbrush. In fact, you shouldn’t brush them with a regular toothbrush! A regular toothbrush and regular toothpaste are too abrasive for your dentures. Instead, you’ll need to use a denture cleaning brush and a denture cleaner.

What is the best type of denture cleaner?

After each meal, it’s a good idea to rinse off your dentures with water. This will remove any leftover food debris. Because food debris can cause odors, this is a good way to keep your breath fresh.

You should brush your dentures at least one time each day. Brushing removes plaque, food debris, and residual denture adhesive. Follow these tips for brushing your dentures:

  • Use a soft-bristled brush: Many well-known brands (including Oral-B, Seabond, and GUM) sell brushes specifically for brushing dentures.
  • Use a cleanser specifically for cleaning dentures: Although this may look like toothpaste, it is less abrasive and formulated for cleaning dentures. Look for either “denture cleaning paste” or “denture cleaning cream.” Follow the instructions on the packaging of your chosen product.
  • Use cool water: Do not use hot water for brushing as that can damage your dentures. Additionally, never sanitize your dentures by boiling them.

But which brand and which type of cleaning paste or gel is right for you and your dentures? That answer depends on what type of materials your dentures are made out of it. If you’re unsure which product is best for you, always check in with your dentist to avoid damaging your dentures.

Note: cleaning pastes are different that overnight soaking tablets. When you soak your dentures overnight, you’ll use an effervescent tablet. Soaking overnight provides a few benefits:

  • Removal of 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria
  • Gives your gums a chance to “breathe” without the dentures on
  • Removal of stains
  • Removal of plaque

Always rinse your dentures after soaking as the soaking solution can contain harsh chemicals not suitable for swishing/sitting in your mouth. Never treat your soaking solution as a mouthwash as that can burn your throat or cause vomiting.

Tip: Place a towel on the bathroom counter when you brush your dentures. That way, if you drop your dentures, they’ll land on a soft towel and not a hard sink.

What if your dentures become stained?

If stains develop on your dentures, you might be tempted to use a whitening toothpaste, but this isn’t an ideal solution. Whitening toothpaste usually contain peroxide. While peroxide may whitening your natural teeth, it will not have that same effect on your denture material. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a bright white smile, though!

There are many benefits to soaking your dentures overnight, and removing stains is one of the benefits. Some brands boast a three-minute antibacterial soaking time in which stains are quickly removed. However, some effervescent tablets are meant to be used for overnight soaking. Regardless of which brand of effervescent tablets you choose, be sure to follow the directions carefully.

You can also prevent stains by:

  • Limit your intake of stain-causing foods like curry, wine, and tomato sauce
  • Use a straw when drinking coffee and tea
  • Drink your coffee rather than slowly sipping throughout the day (the slow sipping exposes the surface of your dentures to the coffee for longer periods of time and is, therefore, more likely to cause staining)
  • Maintain proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and soaking
  • Continue to visit your dentist regularly

Can you clean your dentures with baking soda?

This is another common question, especially among denture-users who have stained dentures. If you’ve just run out of your denture soaking tablets, you might be tempted to use a baking soda and vinegar soak, but is that the best? Probably not. Baking soda is known to be abrasive, and if you scrub your dentures with baking soda pastes, it might wear down the material of your dentures!

If you’re ever unsure of what products to use, you can use the product guide from the American Dental Association! Simply search for denture cleansers and a full list will be displayed.

How do you remove plaque on dentures?

The best way to remove plaque is to follow a solid oral hygiene plan. A good oral care routine includes daily brushing with denture cleaning paste once a day as well as soaking your dentures at night. Many soaking tablets list “plaque removal” as a benefit on the side of the box.

What’s the takeaway?

There are a lot of factors at play when it comes to choosing a good denture cleaner – both the cleaning paste and the soaking solution. To select the best cleaner or soaking solution for you and your dentures, consult with your dentist for a recommendation.

Considering dentures? Contact us today!

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Everything You Need to Know About Dentures!

Dentures are a popular dental treatment for those people who are missing teeth. While everyone probably has a family story about Uncle Bob’s ill-fitting dentures, the options available today are far superior to those that your Uncle Bob got fitted for. Whether you are researching dentures for yourself or a loved one, the Creative Dental blog aims to take the guesswork out of them.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are a removable dental device that is designed to replace any missing teeth in your mouth. Two types are available, and the one that’s recommended for you depends on how many of your teeth are missing. Complete dentures are designed to replace all of your natural teeth. A partial denture is used if you still have some of your natural teeth.

Complete Dentures

Complete or full dentures can be further broken down into two categories. Immediate dentures are designed to be worn as soon as your teeth are removed. A major advantage of this type of full dentures is that you don’t have to be without your teeth as you wait for your mouth to heal completely. It’s important to remember though, that your gums and bones shrink over time, particularly during the period after your teeth are removed. For this reason, intermediate braces require more adjustments to ensure that they fit properly as your mouth heals. It’s recommended that these dentures be used only until your conventional dentures can arrive.

Conventional dentures are made only after your teeth have been extracted, and your gum tissue has started healing. In general, you can expect between 8 and 12 weeks to elapse in between the removal of your teeth and the placement of your dentures.

Partial Dentures

A removable dental device, partial dentures are sometimes called a dental bridge. It features fake replacement teeth that are in the place of your missing teeth. These replacement teeth are connected to a base made out of plastic that is either pink or the color of your gums. Sometimes metal framework is also needed as a connection between the dentures and your existing teeth. Partial dentures are often the ideal solution when you still have healthy natural teeth that are remaining in either your lower or upper jaw.

Caring for Your Dentures

Taking proper care of your dentures will help prolong their lifespan and protect their good looks. Be sure to remove them and rinse them thoroughly with cool water. Handle them carefully without bending or damaging them. Use a soft-bristled brush and denture cleanser, if your dentist recommends it, to clean your dentures. Carefully remove any debris or food. Soak your dentures overnight in a special solution. Before you use them again, be sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove all of the denture solutions.

Contact Creative Dental if you have missing teeth and are concerned about your smile. We work closely with you to find the right reconstructive solution to meet your needs.

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