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Dentures & Bridges : How to Clean & Whiten Dentures

April 18, 2014 12:49 am
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Note:

Please do not use regular toothpaste on cleaning your dentures. Because of the abrasives in the toothpaste it will damage your denture. Please buy specific toothpaste that is meant for dentures. Or simply brush with water? and soak your dentures in cleaning solution (meant for dentures!)

Denture care – tips.

12:28 am
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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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Everything about denture pain. How to relieve dentures pain?

April 15, 2014 11:07 pm
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Denture Pain.

Anyone that has worn dentures is probably aware of the pain that they can cause. Most commonly, pain occurs in the first stages of denture wear, with the gum tissue of the mouth still sensitive from tooth removal, although discomfort and pain throughout denture use is common. Whatever pain dentures may bring the wearer, however, there are many available options to relieve the pain, aid in the healing of the mouth, and help prevent future pain. Even in later stages of denture-wearing, there are treatment options available to help relieve the pain and provide normal mouth function. Understanding how dentures work in the mouth and how personal behavior influences comfort or pain can greatly aid in understanding how best to treat denture pain.

The part of the mouth that often causes denture-wearers the greatest discomfort is the mucosa. The mucosa is the membrane lining the mouth and gums that help protect the mouth from irritants and helps the mouth absorb materials introduced orally. It is this membrane that is most easily irritated by dentures, and oral procedures such as tooth extraction are hard on the membranes of the mouth. It is this mucosa that really takes on the immediate stress of the dentures.

It is to this surface that the dentures adhere in the mouth. The mucosa covers the gums, with the dentures requiring so much suction to make a good hold. In the process, a mouth new to dentures can be unprepared for the surface contact, and the mucosa can take damage, be worn away, or be irritated, allowing pain to develop. The mucosa is the most prominent area of the mouth to take damage from dentures. Damage can be subtle, sometimes not even apparent, although injured tissue can lead to swelling, sensitivity, and sores, which can make denture wear excruciating.

A common cause of swelling is simple irritation. Some dentures can rub, causing sores or abrasions, and even slight irritation can cause the injured tissue to release histamine, which causes swelling. Increased swelling worsens denture fit and increases rubbing, turning pain into a difficult cycle to manage.

To best understand mouth pain, it helps to understand the membrane lining the mouth and gums. The mucosa varies in thickness throughout the mouth, from up to a couple millimeters thick to barely a fraction of a millimeter. Pressure from dentures wears on the mucosa, and where the membrane is the most thin is where pain will first flare up. There is less membrane to cushion the dentures, which can lead to abrasions or sores.

A major cause of pain in denture-wearers is uneven distribution, which includes a number of factors. One such factor is the bone structure of the mouth. No bones are the same from person to person. It is possible that underlying bones of the gums can have ridges or bumps, which can cause further wearing and thinning of the mucosa and gums. Where the membrane is thinnest, the bones are more prominent, and any rubbing of the dentures on that area can quickly cause discomfort, pain, and even injury as it wears down the tissue.

To protect denture-wearers from such discomfort, a thicker gel to adhere the dentures could be used. However, oral surgery is sometimes necessary to remove the problematic ridges of bone causing such discomfort. If experiencing such pain, a dentist should be consulted to determine the best option in course of treatment.

Another major issue are the size and height of the dentures. Anyone that has had a crown or even a filling knows that the size of the tooth is important. If a tooth is too high, biting or chewing can become painful, and in some cases, impossible. If dentures sit too high, or they don’t match your normal bite, this can cause stress on the gums, and the extra pressure can cause pain, swelling, and sores. This is especially important as chewing with uneven dentures or dentures that prevent an appropriate bite can cause even greater damage to the mouth and to the dentures. Wearers whose dentures prevent a normal bite should see their dentist to have them appropriately sized.
Similarly, a major factor in denture pain is one that be easily remedied – the dentures simply do not fit well. After tooth extraction, the structure of the gums and the mucosa are subject to change as the mouth adjusts. Dentures that fit previously may simply not fit as well anymore, causing slipping, rubbing, and other discomfort. This can also be attributed to age. As a patient ages, the structures of their mouth can change, including a thinning of the gums or the mucosa. A visit to a dentist can confirm if this is the case, or if there is some other cause of pain, and the dentures can be resized or remade if needed for a better fit.

Personal habits can also lead to pain. Those used to eating harder food may find such hard foods cause undue stress on the dentures, injuring the soft tissues of the gums and possibly causing them to rub. Eating softer foods to minimalize chewing and the force necessary to chew may help in relieving stress on the jaw and the gums, further reducing discomfort.

Many people new to dentures can also find themselves clenching or grinding their teeth, or chewing on the dentures. Such actions are not usually done intentionally. Grinding of the teeth is a common subconscious habit, and it’s natural to try to work out the feeling of a foreign object in the mouth. Learning to catch oneself in the act of grinding one’s teeth and training oneself against the involuntarily habit will help to relieve the undue pressure and stress on the mouth.

There are many ways to help prevent denture pain that wearers can do on their own. After first being fitted with dentures, sticking to softer foods will help in the adjustment process. It gives the tissues of the mouth, possibly sore and still adjusting after dental procedures, time to heal and get used to denture wear. Some softer foods include soft pasta, puddings, rice, soups, and stews.

Oral Hygiene – Relieve Denture Pain.

Oral hygiene is very important. While a person with a full set of dentures may no longer have to worry about cavities, bacteria will still build up in the mouth, and dentures provide an easily accessible bed for them to grow on. Dentures should be removed twice a day and brushed thoroughly with a toothbrush using warm water and a gentle cleaning soap. They are to be rinsed well before being returned to the mouth.
Another way to relieve denture pain is by means of a homemade mouthwash. Mix one tablespoon (1 tbsp) of peppermint leaves and two teaspoons (2 tsp) of crushed aniseed into two cups of boiling water. Cover and allow to sit for eight hours. Use a fine strainer to filter out large particles from the mouthwash, then add one teaspoon (1 tsp) of myrrh tincture, a preservative and an antiseptic. The mouthwash can be stored in a closable glass container. Rinsing with two tablespoons (2 tbsp) twice a day, shaking the mixture before each use, should help ease minor pain.
To help ease pain and also clean any sores, mix ½ a teaspoon of salt into ¼ a cup of warm water for gargling. Salt water is not to be swallowed.
Other ways to help prevent denture pain is to simply rest the mouth. Remove the dentures for a time every day – six hours at the least. This is most easily accomplished by removing them at night, giving the mouth time to mend and relax out of the confines of dentures and their adhesive. Massaging the gums with a fingertip or the soft bristles of a toothbrush – not hard or firm bristles – can help to ease pain. Also, stimulation of the gums in such a way encourages healing and helps toughen the surface of the gums, providing added support for dentures.

Dentures should be checked often and repaired often to ensure the best, most comfortable fit possible. Recommended examinations include having the dentures examined once a year, getting them relined and adjusted every two to three years, and having them replaced every five or six years.

If suffering from dental pain, upon visiting your dentist, wear the dentures for at least an hour before the appointment so the dentist can better see the source of irritation.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication can help, but a dentist should be consulted to help narrow down the source of the problem and eliminate it.

Caring For Your Dentures

5:33 pm
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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.

Dentures & Bridges : How to Clean & Whiten Dentures

5:31 pm
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Note:

Please do not use regular toothpaste on cleaning your dentures. Because of the abrasives in the toothpaste it will damage your denture. Please buy specific toothpaste that is meant for dentures. Or simply brush with water? and soak your dentures in cleaning solution (meant for dentures!)

Dentures & Bridges : How to Brush Dentures

5:16 pm
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Suggestions:

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.

Cleaning your denture.

April 11, 2014 10:48 pm
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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.

Effervescing agents

Perborate, carbonate, or citric acid. Effervescing agents provide for the rapid disintegration of the product and also create a mechanical cleansing action.

Chelating agents

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.

Additional compounds

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.

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