You notice that your dentures are starting to rub against your gums, leaving them sore.
Your denturist has already adjusted your dentures, but it’s still a bit loose and uncomfortable.
So what are your options?
It’s probably time for a soft reline.
A soft reline involves using soft material that provides a cushioned buffer between your denture and gums tissues. The liner helps to keep your denture in place by restoring its snug fit. It also makes it more comfortable to wear and easier to chew with.
A soft reline is most suitable for people who have:
acute sore gum tissues
thin gum tissues
flat gum tissues
You know how you should brush after every meal? Actually, you don’t. Sugar isn’t the main cause of cavities. And bleaching doesn’t weaken your teeth. With so many misconceptions surrounding dental health, it’s not surprising that we’ve made up a few myths over the years to explain our dental issues. So why do we believe these myths? We usually heard them from somewhere, and they get repeated over and over again that we just take them for face value. But when it comes to your dental health, having false information can be dangerous. For your benefit, we have debunked four of the most common dental myths below:
Myth #1: You should brush after every meal
It’s obvious that brushing your teeth is important. But you may be surprised to learn that brushing right after a meal may be harming your teeth.
Yep! When you eat, your mouth produces acids, which soften your tooth enamel while it breaks down food particles. Brushing too soon after eating can actually wear away the protective tooth enamel, your mouth’s primary defense against cavities. It’s best to wait at least 30 to 60 minutes before brushing to give your saliva time to neutralize the high acid levels in your mouth caused by eating and drinking.
Myth #2: Sugar is the main cause of cavities
Contrary to popular belief, sugar itself doesn’t cause cavities. It’s the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth which causes cavities. These bacteria are triggered to produce acid whenever you eat anything with carbohydrates or sugar. The acid eats into your tooth, creating decay and therefore the cavity.
Do you experience pain when drinking something hot or cold?
Do you hate brushing because it’s uncomfortable?
If you answered yes, you probably have sensitive teeth.
So how do get sensitive teeth?
Tooth sensitivity happens because of exposed dentin due to enamel loss or receding gums. Dentin is the grayish or yellowish tissue that is found under your enamel and contains a large amount of tubes. These tubes run from the tooth’s outer surface to the nerve, and when exposed are highly sensitive to temperature changes. That’s why eating specific foods (such as hot, cold or spicy) may be painful.
Are you afraid of seeing the dentist?
Do you dread your dental appointment for weeks?
If so, you’re not alone.
Studies show that as many as 75% of people have at least some fear when visiting the dentist.
For some people its general anxiety; however, for others, it’s extreme dental phobia where they’ll break into a sweat just thinking about going to the dentist. People with dental phobia have an intense fear – so much so that they’ll avoid any dental treatments. In a recent study by the Huffington Post, it was shown that most of this fear is passed on from parent to child.
While having some nervousness every now and then while seeing the dentist is understandable, avoiding the dentist is definitely not the answer. By not seeing the dentist, you risk serious consequences for your oral health…..
Do you smoke?
If not, you probably know someone who does.
And if you do smoke, you’re most likely aware of the health risks. Some common ones include lung cancer and heart disease.
But you may be surprised to learn smoking can also cause major problems for your oral health. Besides staining teeth and causing bad breath, smoking increases the chances of developing gum disease.
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is an infection that erodes the gum and bone tissue that hold your teeth in place. As it worsens, your gums slowly pull away from your teeth, creating pockets between them. The pockets will deepen as more supporting tissue around your teeth is destroyed. Eventually your teeth will hurt, becoming loose and may even fall out.
Brushing your teeth seems like a fairly simple task right? After all, you’ve been doing it every day since you were a child. Well, turns out most people aren’t very good at brushing their teeth.
As with any habit, teeth brushing can become tedious. You can go through the motions without thinking about whether or not you’re using the proper technique. But improper brushing can lead to bigger problems, such as cavities, enamel erosion and gum disease. So find what you’re doing wrong and learn how to correct those bad brushing habits.