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Archive for October, 2015

Oct27

Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Dentures In!

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Having dentures can be challenging, especially at first. Many patients have issues adjusting to the size, shape, and orientation of dentures. It may take awhile for patients to become accustomed to having dentures as well as the cleaning and care routine for dentures. Whether you are new to dentures or a seasoned pro, you must know this important fact about them.

Falling asleep with your dentures in puts the elderly at a greatly increased risk for pneumonia. Whether you are a denture-wearer yourself or a caretaker for your elderly mother or grandmother, then you must be aware of the risks. Dental professionals usually recommend that people take out their dentures when they go to bed and use that time to clean them. But, in one study, they found that denture wearers who left their dentures in overnight doubled their risk of getting pneumonia.

The science behind this is that the bacteria and microorganisms that grow on your dentures while you sleep can cause inflammation in your mouth and other parts of your body. While dentures can help restore a lost smile and give back the function to eat and maintain a normal lifestyle, they come with risks too. Speak to your dentist about the best practices of cleaning and taking of your dentures for optimal oral and overall health.

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/dentures/article/ada-10-study-discourages-sleep-with-dentures

Oct19

When is a Second Root Canal Needed?

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All surgeries have a risk of complications, and root canal treatment is no different. There are many different reasons why your root canal may need retreatment or an additional surgery. Although it is not common for root canals to fail, here is why they sometimes do and why retreatment is your best option.

Bacteria

Endodontists do their best to remove all of the infection-causing bacteria in the tooth, but occasionally some of the bacteria can remain. Any left-behind bacteria can re-infect the tooth and cause more inflammation in the pulp.

Bacteria may also re-infect the tooth if a permanent filling is not placed soon after the root canal treatment. A temporary filling can breakdown or leak and allow bacteria into the canal.

Canals

If your tooth has more than the typical numbers of canals, then it is possible that one could be missed during the process. The unfilled canal will still be infected and the bacteria will multiply, infecting the other canals and leading to retreatment.

These mistakes occur very rarely as root canals have a 95% success rate. But, when they do, retreatment is needed to prevent further damage. It is best to visit an endodontist for retreatment. Retreatment can be very difficult and having a specialist doing the procedure is vital to success.

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/root-canals/article/the-second-time-around-possible-retreatment-or-surgery

Oct8

The Best Way to Clean Dentures

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Having dentures presents a distinct set of challenges. Everything from getting used to the fit in your mouth, to the way it feels when you chew, and how to clean them can be difficult. Since it can be challenging to clean your dentures thoroughly, we have provided a guide to help you clean better.

1. First, you will want to rinse your dentures before brushing. Rinsing off your dentures before brushing allows for any loose food to be removed.
2. Second, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean all of the surfaces of your dentures. Make sure to use a non-abrasive cleanser on your dentures to make sure that they do not get scratched.
3. Make sure to also clean your and brush your mouth well to avoid irritation and bad breath. Brush your gums, cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth to avoid any plaque buildup.
4. When not wearing your dentures, make sure to keep them in water so that they do not warp.

These simple tips to follow will help denture-wearers keep their dentures clean and keep their mouth healthy.

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/Dentures

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