No two denturists are the same. If you have been wearing dentures for a while, you know that no two sets of dentures are the same. Finding a quality, experienced denturist can seriously impact the comfort of your dentures. You do not have to deal with loose plates, gums that are rubbed raw, distorted speech, and the inability to eat your favorite foods. If you have any of these problems, there are a few things that you can try before replacing your dentures. Use what I have learned over my 15 years of wearing dentures to find a perfect fit and optimum comfort in your dentures.
The year is drawing to a close, and that means it's time to start thinking of New Years' resolutions. Instead of rehashing the same resolutions you've made year after year, why not try a new theme this year? Make this the year that your resolutions benefit your teeth and oral health. Here are four resolutions that will please your dentist.
Switch to artificial sweeteners in your coffee.
If you're still reaching for the sugar or the sweetened coffee creamer, make this the year you finally switch to Splenda or stevia. You could even resolve to take your coffee black if you don't find the idea unappealing. All of that sugar is not good for your teeth, especially if you're sipping coffee throughout the day. Artificial sweeteners don't feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease, so they're a much healthier option for your mouth.
Change your toothbrush on time.
The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every three months. But be honest – how often do you change yours? Many people wait at least six months since this is how often they go to the dentist for checkups (where they receive that free toothbrush.) Changing your toothbrush more often ensures your teeth get cleaner and also reduces your exposure to oral bacteria (which can build up on a toothbrush over time). Purchase four toothbrushes – and entire years' worth – before the first of the year. Then, set reminders in your phone so you don't forget to change them this year.
Floss every day – really.
If you're one of those people who don't floss as often as they should, you're not alone. However, flossing is really the only way to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth, so you really should be doing it every day. Set an alarm in your phone to ring at a certain time of day and remind you to floss. See if you can go all year without skipping a single day! Keeping floss in your purse or car will help on those days you're in a rush.
Stop opening packages with your teeth.
Are your teeth your go-to tool when you need to open a package or when something gets stuck? It's only a matter of time before you crack a tooth or break a filling! Break this habit this year. To help, put a pocket knife or a tiny pair of scissors in your key ring so you always have it on hand and are not tempted to use your teeth.
For more ideas, talk to a dentist clinic.