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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Denture Pain

No matter what your age, your gums continue to change over time, and as they do, dentures that once fit like a glove may begin to feel like hippo teeth. In these cases, your dentures will need to be adjusted or replaced. If you are getting dentures for the first time or having an old pair replaced, expect some discomfort. Denture pain is particularly common in the first few days after you get a new set. Here are a few suggestions that can help you to adapt to new dentures.

1.Clean It Right

Take your dentures out of your mouth before bed, brush them thoroughly with a denture cleanser, then place them in a glass of water overnight. Avoid regular toothpastes, because they are too abrasive for most dentures. These pastes can damage your dentures to the point that they don’t fit properly, which will cause sore gums.

2.Rule Out Allergies

Some people are allergic to denture cleansers and adhesives. A few are even allergic to materials in the dentures themselves. In addition to a burning sensation in the mouth, these allergies can irritate the gums and cause mouth ulcers. If you suspect that you have an allergy, ask your dentist about substitutes for the cleansers and adhesives you are using.

3.Eat What Is Comfortable

When you first get your denture, continue eating what you have been eating until you get accustomed to them. Your mouth needs time to adjust to having two pieces of plastic inside of it. So continue eating what you were eating before you received your dentures, until you feel comfortable and confident that you can chew your food well.

4.Give Your Gums A Rest

Don’t leave your dentures in too long, especially when they are new, or otherwise your gums will let you know they don’t like it. If you develop sore gums, take your dentures out and set them aside for a few days while your gums heal. Then try using the dentures again. It is recommended to take your dentures out for at least six hours a day, either when you are sleeping or when you are at home doing household chores.

5.Try Herbal

Dab a bit of aloe vera gel and apply it directly to your gums where the dentures are causing pain. This product soothes and heals sore gums. You can use this as needed, but for best results, avoid eating for at least one hour after applying this product.

6.Douse The Ache

Take out your dentures, then rinse your mouth three times a day with a ½ cup of rinse made with goldenseal, a potent herbal remedy, to help soothe the denture pain. To prepare the rinse, add ½ tablespoon of dried goldenseal and ½ teaspoon of baking soda to ½ cup of warm water. Cool and strain before using.

7.Try Lozenge

Dentures can cause excess saliva in your mouth for a couple of weeks after you begin using them. That is because your mouth thinks your dentures are food and produces saliva to begin digesting them. Eventually, your mouth will adapt to your dentures and saliva protection will return to normal. In the meantime, suck on sugarless candies or lozenges frequently. It will help you to swallow more often and get rid of some of the excess saliva.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Help

One of its products is represented by veneers. You may have heard the term ‘veneer’ in conjunction with wood working. This resemblance is not only in terms but also in technique because the process for cosmetic dental applications is much the same: for each individual tooth, very thin covers are custom created. They go to the front side of the tooth. Veneering is an option to bonding and shaping. Since veneers appeared on the market, it became famous and very popular. One of its strong qualities is its thickness: they are very thin and somewhat resistant to staining.

You may think that such a product is very expensive. Well, you are right. It is expensive. But because of its popularity and for this product to be available to all, there are two versions:

  • Porcelain or ‘indirect’ veneers are handcrafted in a laboratory especially to fit your teeth. They are expensive but are said to last from 10 to 15 years.
  • Composite or ‘direct’ veneers are ena mel which is bonded directly to the tooth and it is significantly less expensive but their ‘shelf life’ is only 5 to 7 years.

Other methods that you surely need in your search for the perfect smile are bleaching and teeth whitening strips.

Bleaching is one of the most important esthetic operations because white teeth are very expressive but also very hard to obtain and to maintain. Before the bleaching operation begins, the gums must be protected because they contain very sensitive tissue. For this, a rubber shield or a gel is necessary. Then bleaching material is applied sometimes using a laser light to enhance the procedure. This process may require several visits to the dental office.

Of course if you don’t have enough time to go to the dentist an alternative exists: you can make bleaching in your own home, of course not before you talk with your dentist first. The bleaching kit is usually obtained from your dentist and it contains an agent named carbamide peroxide solution. It usually comes as a gel and is placed in a mouth guard. The frequency and length of treatment will vary from person to person depending on the amount and intensity of whitening you desire. Of course this also must be discussed with your dentist before proceeding. This procedure is mostly secure. Side effects are very rare and are represented by soft tissue irritation.

Teeth whitening strips represents the coolest method on the market. These are probably the most convenient advancement in dental care in decades taking the concept of tooth bleaching to an entire new level of speed and convenience.

If your every day diet and lifestyle contains tobacco, tea, red wine, colored juices, curry, soy and soft drinks, you certainly will use teeth whitening strips. The whitening strips contain hydrogen peroxide which is embedded in transparent material that fits over the teeth. Almost totally undetectable when worn, the peroxide goes to work as soon as they are activated by the moisture in your mouth (Another good reason to avoid dry mouth!). There are several brand names on the market and all work pretty much the same. They are applied over the teeth and worn for 30 minutes twice a day for 21 days, or you may select the type that can be worn overnight whitening the teeth while you are sleeping.

The results from the teeth whitening strips are absolutely incredible and you would do well to give them a try.