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On November 6th, 2019 by Wade Klimpke

How to Keep Your Dentures White (& Other How-To's)

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How to Clean Your Dentures

The best way to keep your dentures white is to clean them regularly. Regularly cleaning your dentures will help prevent staining and discolouration that leads to yellow dentures. 

To clean your dentures, first remove them from your mouth and rinse away any food particles. Then, gently brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush. Make sure you’re also brushing your tongue and gums once your dentures are removed.

It’s best not to use toothpaste on your dentures (unless otherwise advised by your denturist) as most toothpaste is too abrasive and will scratch your dentures. Instead, you can use a denture cleaning solution. Soaking your dentures regularly in a denture cleaning solution can help prevent and remove staining

How to Whiten Your Dentures

While at-home whitening products may work for natural teeth, many home remedies aren’t recommended for whitening your dentures. Substances like chlorine can tarnish and corrode the metal in your dentures. Other products like bleach can weaken your dentures and whitening toothpaste can cause scratches. 

The best way to whiten your dentures is to visit your denturist for a cleaning and denture-safe whitening. It usually only takes a few minutes and your denturist will use products that won’t damage your dentures. 

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Because there are a variety of different types of dentures, your denturist can recommend the best way to whiten your specific dentures. Usually, it’s recommended that you have your dentures cleaned twice per year, but your denturist can recommend the right schedule for you. 

How to Prevent Denture Staining

Avoid Certain Food & Drinks

Similar to natural teeth, highly pigmented or bright food and drinks can stain your dentures. Some food and drinks to avoid to help prevent staining include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tomato juice
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Beets

If you can’t resist a cup of coffee in the morning, you can still help prevent staining of your dentures. After consuming highly-pigmented food or drinks, clean your dentures as soon as possible. Rinse your dentures and brush them if you have a toothbrush with you. 

It’s also best to avoid smoking or consuming tobacco products if you wear dentures. Because dentures are more porous than natural teeth, tobacco products can cause yellowing of your dentures much more easily. 

Choose Stain-Resistant Dentures

When choosing your dentures, make sure to ask your denturist about stain-resistant options. Your denturist may be able to recommend a certain denture type or material that offers more stain resistance. 

Personalized Dentogenic Dentures, for example, offer more stain resistance than conventional dentures. They also have the added benefits of impact and wear resistance, in addition to more closely matching your natural smile.

If you have questions about your current dentures or if you’re interested in a new, stain-resistant pair, contact us today. We specialize in dentures, so we can recommend the best denture solution for your needs.

On September 4th, 2019 by Wade Klimpke

Rotten Teeth: Signs, Symptoms, & Solutions

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Rotten teeth are not just unattractive; they can also lead to serious dental problems. Untreated tooth decay can lead to cavities, which become larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. This can lead to severe toothaches, gum disease, infections, and even tooth loss.

What Causes Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is caused by dental plaque, which is a transparent sticky film that forms on your teeth. It occurs when we eat lots of sugars and starches and don’t clean our teeth properly afterwards. When these sugars and starches are not cleaned off our teeth, then bacteria are allowed to consume them, forming plaque.

If plaque is allowed to stay on your teeth, it can harden into tartar. Tartar provides a protective shield for the bacteria, making it more difficult for you to clean your teeth properly. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist using specialized dental tools.

How Plaque Leads to Tooth Decay

Plaque is acidic, and when it is allowed to sit it slowly eats away at your enamel. This erosion creates tiny openings in the enamel, making the entire tooth more vulnerable. If plaque is allowed to completely wear away your enamel the bacteria and acid can gain access to the vulnerable inner layers of your tooth. The layer directly below your enamel is called the dentin. Dentin is much softer than enamel and less resistant to plaque and bacteria. It also contains tiny tubes that connect to the nerve of your tooth. Most patients begin to experience pain from a cavity once the decay has reached the dentin layer.

Once the bacteria have eaten through your dentin, it begins on the next layer, the pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves. When bacteria attack the pulp, it becomes swollen and irritated. Since the hard enamel layer prevents the swollen tissue from expanding the swelling instead looks inwards, and presses down on your nerve. This causes pain and discomfort.

Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Decay

One of the most obvious signs of tooth decay is visible pits or holes in your enamel, as well as black, brown, or white staining on the surface of your tooth.

Symptoms of tooth decay include:

  • Tooth pain with no apparent cause
  • A toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain while consuming foods that are hot, cold, or sweet
  • Pain when you bite down or chew

However, many patients do not necessarily realize that they are experiencing tooth decay until it reaches its later stages. Regular dental exams enable your dentist to examine your mouth for signs of decay and provide you with treatment before the problem progresses.

Solutions for Tooth Decay

The best thing you can do is prevent tooth decay in the first place. To do this, you should brush your teeth thoroughly, for at least two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once per day. You should also go for regular dental exams and cleanings.
Minor tooth decay can often be treated with a filling, and even more moderate tooth decay can be addressed using a root canal and crown. However, if your teeth become too decayed, or the decay is too widespread, the teeth will likely need to be removed and replaced with either standard dentures or implant supported dentures.

Dentures, including complete dentures and partial dentures, can replace rotten or decayed teeth and help you rediscover your beautiful smile, improving your quality of life and boosting your self-confidence.

Both complete and partial dentures can also be supported by dental implants. Implant supported dentures can give you increased stability, and do not need to be removed while eating. Dental implants fill the same role as the roots of your natural teeth did, which means they also help you maintain bone density and facial structure.

For more information about dentures and our denture process, including information on implant supported partial dentures and implant supported complete dentures, please visit our website or schedule a consultation.

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