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Four Tips to Taking Care Of Your Dentures

Dentures are a very popular and effective solution for people who have lost natural teeth. If you have a denture, it’s really important to take good care of it to get the best out of it and reduce the risk of damage. Here are 4 top tips to help you care for your denture:

  1. Keep your denture clean: good oral hygiene is essential for everyone. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth, it’s vital to keep your denture clean to reduce the risk of oral infections and keep your gums healthy. Wash your denture with lukewarm water or denture cleansing solution at least once a day. When you’re cleaning your denture, avoid using hot water as this can cause the denture to become misshapen.
  2. Store your denture in a safe place: if you’re taking your denture out to give your gums a breather, make sure you store it in a safe place. It’s very easy to put a denture down and then forget about it, and this could result in damage.
  3. See your dentist on a regular basis: your mouth changes shape on a continual basis, and therefore, it’s beneficial to see your dentist frequently. Your dentist can check the condition and fit of the denture and they can also keep an eye on any remaining teeth and your gums. If you have sore gums or your denture feels loose, don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. Call and book a consultation and we’ll do everything we can to make you feel comfortable again.
  4. Keep your denture moist: it’s important to keep your denture moist and to prevent it from drying out. When you’re not wearing your denture, keep it in a glass of soaking solution or water.

If you have any questions about your dentures or you’d like more tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Three Tips for Healthy Teeth

Taking good care of your smile is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make. If you’re keen to improve your oral health in the year ahead, here are 3 simple tips to get you started:

  1. Brush twice a day, every single day: surveys show a significant portion of UK adults don’t brush twice a day. If you neglect your oral hygiene, this will increase your risk of developing gum disease, discolouration, bad breath and cavities. All it takes is two minutes every morning and evening. When you’re brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth surface, swap your brush head every 3-4 months and use fluoride toothpaste. Angle your brush head to remove food debris from the gum line and be gentle to prevent enamel damage.
  2. Cut down on sugar: if you consume a lot of sugary foods or drinks, make it your mission to try and reduce your daily sugar intake. When bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which attack and weaken the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and infections. Ideally, you should aim for a maximum intake of around 7 teaspoons of sugar per day.
  3. Book a dental check: if you’re not very good at keeping up to date with dental checks, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your dental health. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. Call us now if you’re overdue a check-up.

Three Tips to Protect Your Veneers

When you’ve got a sparkling set of new veneers, you want to keep them in check for as long as possible. Here are 3 top tips to help you protect your veneers:

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene: it’s not possible for your dental veneers to decay, but it’s essential to take good care of your natural teeth, even when you have veneers. Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time, and make sure you devote time to each quadrant of the mouth. Be gentle to avoid damaging your veneers.
  2. See your dentist: even when you have veneers, it’s really important to make sure that you see your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist will check your veneers and your natural teeth and gums when you have an appointment, so don’t wait longer than 6-9 months to make an appointment for a check-up.
  3. Avoiding chips and staining: you want to keep your veneers looking fabulous for as long as possible, so try and avoid anything that could damage or stain your veneers. Some veneers are stain-resistant, but others will become discoloured if you drink wine, coffee or tea on a regular basis or you’re a fan of cola, dark berries or foods like soy sauce. Avoid hard foods which could chip your veneers. Examples include boiled sweets and popcorn kernels.

If you need any more tips or advice about keeping your veneers in tiptop condition, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our dental team will be happy to help!

Four Tips to Keeping your Fixed Braces Clean

When you wear braces, it’s essential to keep them as clean as possible to minimise your risk of dental decay. If you’ve got fixed braces, here are 4 top tips to help you keep them in tip-top condition.

  1. Perfect your brushing technique: brushing is incredibly important when you’ve got fixed braces because the bands and brackets tend to trap food and bacteria. You can carry on using your normal toothbrush or use specially designed instruments, which make cleaning braces easier. Brush at least twice a day, for 2 minutes each time, and take care to target every part of the mouth.
  2. Brush after eating: when you have fixed braces, it’s very easy to get bits of food stuck in them, and it’s beneficial to carry a brush with you so that you can clean your teeth after meals. Wait around 45 minutes to allow your enamel to recover, and then brush.
  3. Floss: it’s helpful to floss when you have braces, as you can’t remove everything with a brush. It can take a bit of getting used to flossing with braces, but it will soon become second nature. If you have any questions or you need tips, your dentist will be happy to help.
  4. Dental checks: when you see your dentist, they can give your teeth a much more thorough clean than you can achieve at home with a toothbrush. Your dentist will clean your teeth at every appointment, as well as having a look at your braces and checking how your new and improved smile is coming along.

If you wear braces, and you need advice to help keep them clean, we’re always happy to help. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.