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When attempting to heal a lip sore, first contact a dentist, then purchase a numbing agent from a pharmacy to reduce discomfort or rinse it with salt water. Heal lip sores using the tips in this free oral and dental hygiene video from a licensed dental assistant.
To treat a canker sore caused by dental braces, use a product called Ora Gel that numbs the sore for 20 minutes and can be applied consistently throughout the day. Treat braces-related canker sores, and prevent them using orthodontic wax, with tips from a licensed dental assistant in this free video on oral hygiene.
Bitewings are to diagnose to see if you have any cavities, decays, absesses, missing tooths, etcs. For the Pano(ramic),? it is often used for Ortho purposes. Bitewings are usually cover once every 6mo’s, but for the Pano it can be covered once every 2/3yrs. If the DDS is doing a FULL SET OF X-RAYS (FMX) its usually covered once every 2yrs…. Do keep in mind that if it doesn’t cover and you are still within that time frame, you will be responsible for that procedure.
Proper denture care is important for both the health of your dentures and mouth. Here are some tips:
Handle dentures with great care. To avoid accidentally dropping them, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling dentures.
Brush and rinse your dentures daily. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food and plaque. Brushing also helps prevent the development of permanent stains on the dentures. Use a brush with soft bristles that is specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush as it can damage or wear down dentures.
Gently brush all surfaces of the denture and be careful not to damage the plastic or bend attachments. In between brushings, rinse your dentures after every meal.
Clean with a denture cleaner. Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid can be used for cleaning dentures. Household cleansers and many toothpastes may be too abrasive for your dentures and should not be used. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture. Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to care for dentures. These cleaners are small bathtub-like devices that contain a cleaning solution. The denture is immersed in the tub and then sound waves create a wave motion that dislodges the undesirable deposits. Use of an ultrasonic cleaner, however, does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance are recommended since they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Denture care when not being worn. Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. However, if your denture has metal attachments, the attachments could tarnish if placed in a soaking solution. Your dentist can recommend the best methods for caring for your particular denture. Dentures should never be placed in hot water, as it can cause them to warp.
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Never squeeze a partial or full lower as you will? Brake them unless they are the flexi ones when you clean them. As for soaking them half a hour in a sterile liquid or tab disolved in warm water is long enough as it attacks the acrylic. Just plain tap water in a denture bath or glass is fine for over night. If you have a chrome read the steri info as some turn the chrome black a quick dip will suffice. You can always contact a local technician for are polish and help in cleaning.
Never use toothpaste to clean a denture! Its is abrasive and takes the shine of the acrylic, I make dental prosthetics and know what toothpaste does to them after years in the job. You wont have a model to place your dentures on so you may find they pop? Out of your hands when they are wet. Fill the sink with water to act as a cussion if you drop them so they have less chance of being fractured, hold A edge in the forefinger and thumb. Rinse food stuff off and use a soft tooth brush.
Denture soaks and cleaning solutions: commercial and homemade. After brushing, your denture needs to be soaked in a cleaning solution.
Chemical cleansing and disinfecting is the second half of effective denture care. Due to the microscopic porosity of the surface of denture plastic, brushing, even in combination with the use of ultrasonic cleaning units, can only go so far in removing the microrganisms (bacterial and fungal) that are harbored on false teeth. Chemical cleansing and disinfecting is required. No doubt you have seen advertisements for several different brands of effervescent denture cleaners. These products can certainly be a good choice but there are some common household compounds that can be effective denture cleaners, too.
Effervescent denture cleansers
Effervescent denture cleaning products can be an effective way to chemically cleanse and disinfect your false teeth. While the specific ingredients found in the formula of multiple cleanser brands’ products will vary, you will typically find the following types of compounds in them:
Oxidizing (bleaching) agents
Alkaline perborate, sodium perborate, or postassium monopersulfate. These compounds remove staining and kill the bacteria harbored on a denture’s surface.
Perborate, carbonate, or citric acid. Effervescing agents provide for the rapid disintegration of the product and also create a mechanical cleansing action.
EDTA. This type of compound helps to remove the tartar that has accumulated on a denture’s surface.
Detergents and enzymes
Sodium polyphosphate or everlace. These compounds assist in cleansing the denture.
Dye markers that provides a color change when the cleansing process has been completed. Varying flavorings and fragrances.
A precaution about commercial denture cleaning products:
In February 2008, it was reported that the FDA has received information about 73 incidences of allergic reactions to denture cleansers. One of these cases resulted in a death. It has been speculated that the denture cleaner ingredient “persulfate” is the culprit compound. Persulfate is found in most commercial products and serves as a cleaning and bleaching agent. It is important to understand that all denture-cleaning products are intended for use in a container only. And upon removal from this container all residual traces of the cleaner should be thoroughly rinsed off before a person’s false teeth are placed back into their mouth. Denture cleaners are not designed to be chewed, swallowed or gargled. Some of the reported incidences did involve misuse (gargling or swallowing) of the cleaners. It is possible, however, that an allergic reaction episode could occur even with the proper use of a denture-cleaning product, even after years of use with no incidence.