Wednesday, July 29, 2015

There are Natural Ways to Clean Your Dentures!

Many products made for cleaning dentures can be expensive and harsh.  If your dentures have metal parts, some commercial denture cleaners can cause them to corrode over time.  Here is a short list of inexpensive, reliable (old time, tried and true) products that you can use to clean, disinfect and even help remove tartar from your false teeth! (Yes, even false teeth can get a buildup of tartar over time, cultivating an unhealthy array of germs and bacteria.)

Here goes!:

1. BAKING SODA.  Make a paste with a little bit of the soda and water and use your denture brush to clean your dentures.  It will freshen, too.

2. VINEGAR.  Use equal parts of vinegar and water and soak your dentures for 20-30 minutes. This will also help to remove tartar buildup.

3. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  This is especially useful for disinfecting.  Soak in a 3% or 6% solution (the usual strength sold in stores) for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Now, there were a couple of other suggestions that I found online that I didn't think were particularly useful; that is, they were not things that I would personally try for cleaning something that you would put in your mouth! Someone on another website suggested a bleach/water solution for disinfecting and a teaspoon of Calgon water softener added for removing tartar. Of course you would need to rinse your dentures especially well so as not to get the bleach solution in your mouth. Hmmm...I don't know...  To me, that falls into the same catagory as fixing your dentures with super glue.  What do you think?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dental Insurance And Seniors

Retiring? You might want to visit the dentist before your dental insurance disappears, that's right... medicare does not offer routine dental care or complex procedures unless its required to protect your general health.

Most of the 65 plus population is paying for their own dental work out of pocket, which means many have only seen the dentist once in two - five years.

So why don't seniors get dental insurance rather than paying out of pocket? This is because dental care is conspicuously absent from health care coverage for older adults.

Seniors need to look into stand alone dental plans, these plans can offer:
  • Low membership rates - Annually or monthly.
  • Better Benefits with no yearly maximum.
  • Better Savings - Set Fee Schedule makes budgeting easy!
  • No Exclusions- Ever.
  • Immediate coverage- No waiting periods on ANY procedures.
  • Includes coverage for cosmetic dentistry.

What are you waiting for? Don't even bother wasting your money with dental insurance or paying out of pocket.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Veneers - A Cosmetic Solution?

Let's face it. This is the age of what I like to call "instant gratification".  More and more, we prefer simpler, easier methods to just about everything concerning our daily lives, so why not dentistry, right?  Fortunately for us, the dental industry has done a fantastic job of keeping up with our demands!
Many adults would like to enhance or correct their bite and smile but don't have the patience for braces; or, are embarrassed at the prospect of wearing braces for an extended period of time. There may be a solution in the form of Cosmetic Veneers! Veneers can cover gaps, discolored or slightly misaligned teeth and give you a brighter and overall uniform look to your smile, often in just a few visits to the dentist. The drawback, if there has to be one, is that they can be costly, though not as much as implants and possibly even cheaper than braces! Keep in mind that for severely misaligned or decayed teeth, veneers may not be a good option. There are some things that just need to be fixed by conventional means.

If you think you might be a candidate, check with your dentist. He or she will advise you if Veneers are an option for you.

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Suffer From Dry Mouth?

We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infections by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth.

Many people suffer from dry mouth which can be caused by multiple things such as:\
  • Certain medications
  • Infections such as AIDS/HIV
  • Dehydration
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Eating sugary snacks and drinks
The best way to cure dry mouth is to do something right away when your discover the problem.

Below are some tips on how to manage dry mouth:
  • Drink extra amount of water
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candies to help production of saliva.
  • Use a humidifier at night
  • Use oral moisturizers - can be found at your local pharmacy
If you have tried the following above and haven't noticed any improvements, alert your doctor and dentist right away!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Foods That Increase Your Dental Health

When you think of healthy food you often think about heart health and weight loss. Rarely is dental health thrown into the mix. However, there are foods out there that can increase and promote good dental health. It is common knowledge that food with whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean meat and low fat dairy food are all good for dental health. However, some may be better than others. Here are some of the ones that come highly recommended from dentists, chefs and food lovers alike!

1. Cheese or Milk - Low fat
2. Cashews
3. Peas
4. Apples
5. Celery
6. Carrots
7. Dry Beans
8. Raw Onion - just do something about the onion breath
9. Skinless Poultry or Fish
10. Wasabi - Sushi lovers REJOICE!

These are just some. I am sure that there are a lot more out there. As always, consult with your doctor before changing your diet!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Interesting and Fun Facts About Nitrous Oxide

You may have been treated to a dose of Nitrous Oxide at the dentists office; you know, the gas that makes you loopy, leaves you feeling kind of drunk in the dentist chair so that you don't care what is happening?  This is a drug with many names and as it turns out, many uses.  Here are some fun (and some serious) facts about the drug we've come to know as laughing gas!
  • It is also known as: Happy Gas, NOS, N2O, Hippy Crack, Sweet Air and Inhalation Sedation!
  • It is in high demand in many circles in Europe as a recreational drug.  (Second only to marijuana, in fact.)  
  • It is both an Anesthetic and an Analgesic.  
  • It is used in Motor Racing to enhance engine capability.
  • It is used in Rocket Launching as a propellant.
  • It is a Greenhouse Gas, making it a major Air Pollutant.
Who knew?  Now, when you visit the dentist next you can give the dental assistant a lesson on the versatility of Nitrous Oxide!  Between giggles, that is.

Keep Smiling!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Your Oral Health and the Benefits of Green Tea

Isn't it great when you find out that a product you use regularly and have come to love has added health benefits?  It's a commonly known fact that green tea has many health benefits for the human body.  It's a natural antioxidant and it's great for your digestive system. But I just recently found out that it provides many oral health benefits as well! 

Green Tea Facts:

1. It Reduces Periodontal Inflammation

2. It Kills Oral Cancer Cells

3.It Inhibits the Formation of Dental Plaque

4.It Repels Odor-Causing Bacteria

Studies have shown that just one cup of brewed green tea per day can reduce or slow down the process of gum recession, inhibit bacterial growth and can stop the recurrence of bleeding gums. Sounds promising and the added benefit is that green tea is refreshing and tastes great!  Now, remember not to drink the canned or bottled kind or sweetened tea as these have added ingredients and sugar.  The great benefits I've just outlined come from fresh brewed green tea.  

Enjoy, and Keep Smiling!