Dental Advice for the Sweet Tooth

Hey! I'm Frankie, and welcome to my dental advice blog. I'm a foodie and I love sweet treats, but I also love my teeth! It can be hard to keep your dental health in top condition when you've got a sweet tooth, but it's not impossible. Over the years, I've learned tons of great advice from friends, family members and dentists, and I'd love to share it with you. My blog is here to give you all the tips and tricks you need to stay free of decay and other tooth problems without giving up all your favourite foods and snacks.

Six Little Items That Can Help You Avoid a Denture Repair

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Unfortunately, dentures can break, but if you take the right precautions, you can avoid breakage and keep your dentures in tip-top shape. To protect your dentures, there are a few key items that you may want to have on hand. Consider stocking up with the items on this list.

1. Alarm

Ideally, you should take out your dentures at the end of every day. That gives your gums a chance to rest over night, and it helps protect the dentures from the germs and debris in your mouth. That, in turn, helps them to last longer and prevents the porous areas from starting to degrade.

If you're on a set schedule, it's usually easy to remember to take your dentures out at the end of every day, but if you're not on a set routine or sleep schedule, it can be easy to forget. To remind yourself, consider setting a small alarm. If you have a mobile, you can use that. Otherwise, you may want to invest in a small alarm clock.

2. Denture Cup

When you remove your dentures at the end of the day, you should put them into a denture cup, and you should make sure the cup is out of the way of dogs or cats who may be tempted to play with and potentially break your dentures. If you just leave the dentures out, they will dry out, and that will make them more likely to break.

Ask your dentist for recommendations on what type of solution to soak them in. Some dentures need to be soaked in commercial products, but if your dentures don't have metal clasps, you may be able to soak them in a homemade vinegar solution.

3. Denture Cream

Cleaning your dentures doesn't necessarily protect them from breakage, but it does protect them from stains. If your dentures accidentally get stained, you can take them to a denture repair specialist. They can help get rid of the stains and restore the original whiteness of your dentures.

4. Towel

One of the most common ways dentures break is by getting dropped in the sink. If you clean your dentures over the sink, start by grabbing a soft towel. You may want to use two towels. Use one to line the entire sink, then fold up the second towel and use it as a soft cushion in the base of the sink.

5. Emergency Denture Repair Kit

In case your dentures develop a small crack, you may want to have an emergency repair kit on hand. That way you can repair the crack and stop it from spreading, and you can then take it to the denture repair person for a long-term repair.

Don't compromise and use crafting glue or other products that aren't expressly designed for use with dentures. The toxins in those glues aren't designed to be safe for your mouth, and if you fix the dentures incorrectly, the alignment may be off, causing you pain.

6. Name Tag

If you live in a group living situation—for example, in a senior housing development—you may also want to have a name tag on your dentures. To explain, imagine that you accidentally leave your dentures in a common bathroom. Because they aren't labelled, someone ends up tossing the dentures to the side, and then they accidentally get broken by someone else. If the dentures were labeled, that increases the chance that they will find their way back to you without risk of harm.

If your dentures are broken or cracked, contact a denture repair specialist. These professionals may also be able to give you additional tips on how to avoid breaking your dentures.  


18 July 2017