Keep Old Dentures Out Of The Landfill With These Five Ideas

It is time to get a new pair of dentures, and you are wondering what you should do with your old pair. Although you can throw them away, there are several unique ways that you can recycle old dentures. If you want to keep your dentures out of the landfill, consider one of these five ideas: 1. Teeth on the Soles of Your Shoes One shoe manufacturer has made good use of old dentures by creating a line of shoes that feature teeth pulled from dentures on the soles. If you are crafty, you can try making a project like this on your own. However, if you want to cover the soles of a pair of shoes, you are going to need more than one pair of dentures. Alternatively, you can contact a company or a designer who makes products like these shoes, and you can offer them your old fake teeth. If you are lucky, maybe your old dentures will end up on a model strolling down a fashion runway at some point. 2. Found Art Collage and Sculpture If you would rather not have a company profit off your old dentures, consider turning your dentures over to the art world. Many artists specialize in creating found art collages or sculptures, and there could be an artist in your area who is longing for a pair of dentures to...

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6 Things You Need To Know About Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces, especially among adults. A clear plastic mouth guard, called an aligner, is worn on the teeth, and over time, it will move the teeth to their desired position. The aligner is almost completely invisible, so no one will know you are wearing one, unless you tell them. Here’s what you need to know to decide if Invisalign is right for you. What kinds of issues can Invisalign fix? Invisalign can fix a lot of common dental problems. Slightly crooked teeth and gaps between teeth can be fixed with this treatment method. More serious dental problems can’t always be fixed with Invisalign. If your teeth are severely crowded or rotated, traditional braces might be a better option for you. People with bite issues, like overbites or underbites, may also need to get traditional braces. Your orthodontist will be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign or not.  How often do you wear the aligners? If your orthodontist says you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, he or she will make you your first aligner. It’s very important that you wear this aligner as often as possible; if you don’t, your treatment will take longer than planned. The aligner needs to be worn for at least 20 hours a day, and if possible, for 22 hours a day. You can only...

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Healing Chronic Inflammation At The Corners Of Your Mouth

You’re dismayed at the painful skin cracks at your mouth corners and have no idea how to make this stop. Should you see a doctor or a dentist for help? If you wear dentures, make an appointment with a dentist to evaluate how well these devices fit. The problem you’re experiencing is a sign that your dentures don’t fit properly and this has led to a yeast or bacterial infection — or both. The Infection Candida, a type of yeast, is the most likely culprit for the sore skin at your mouth corners. Candida is technically a fungus; a small amount exists naturally in the body and also may occur on the skin. It can grow out of control when circumstances are right. Poorly fitting dentures can lead to chronic moisture at the mouth corners as small amounts of saliva trickle out. That creates a perfect environment for Candida.  Bacteria also may be involved in this infection. Like Candida yeast, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria are normally present in the body, but usually don’t cause infection unless some other factor is involved.   Angular Cheilitis The medical term for your skin infection is angular cheilitis. General inflammation of the lips is known as cheilitis; angular cheilitis refers to an inflammation specifically at the corners — or angles — of the mouth.  Symptoms include inflammation, pain, redness, swelling and skin cracks....

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Cracked Tooth? What You Should Expect At Your Dentist’s Office

Whether you play sports and your teeth took a big hit or you were casually enjoying a piece of hard candy when disaster struck, you’re now stuck with a painful cracked tooth. The first step for anyone in your condition is to go right to the dentist’s office, but what will happen once you’re there? Is your tooth going to need surgery? Based on the severity of the damage, you can expect a few different types of treatment at your dentist’s office. Minor Or Superficial Cracks If your dentist investigates your cracked tooth and decides it is structurally sound, the cracks may actually be a form of surface damage called “crazing.” Crazed teeth can appear cracked, but are not actually weakened. As long as the cracks are not caused by a cavity, no dental procedures are necessary to repair a crazed tooth. If the cracks in your tooth enamel are caused by a cavity, your dentist will likely recommend cleaning and filling it to prevent future crazing and potentially even worse damage. You may also opt to have your dentist polish the cracks away by carefully buffing your tooth. This process does not affect the strength of your teeth, merely the feel of their surface and their appearance. Polishing your teeth can also whiten them in some cases. In order to protect your crazed tooth, your dentist may also...

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Pros And Cons Of Denture Adhesives: Are They Right For You?

Dentures can be an excellent option for individuals looking for full or partial tooth replacement. In most cases, the natural suction of well-fitting dentures allows the device to fit snug against the gums. However, some people prefer a stronger hold to prevent their dentures from shifting when eating or speaking. Denture adhesives are powders, pastes or adhesive pads that help the dentures stay in place. While beneficial for some denture wearers, denture adhesives are not for everyone. Learn more about the pros and cons of denture adhesives before deciding if they’re right for you. Pros: Increased Security: Over time, the underlying bone structure can weaken and become unable to adequately support your dentures. Until this problem can be remedied by your dentist, a denture adhesive can be used to secure the dentures in place.   Maximum Comfort: When having your real teeth is no longer an option, a well-fitting pair of dentures can act as the next best thing. When a denture adhesive is used, the dentures stay in place more easily and will feel more like real teeth. When firmly in place, the dentures will also not rug against the gums or surrounding oral tissues.   Effortless Speech: Loose-fitting dentures can make it difficult to speak clearly and consistently, as the dentures can shift as you talk. Dentures that are well secured with adhesives do not hinder your...

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3 Reasons Soda Is Bad For Your Mouth

Most people know that soda, or pop, is not a healthy drink. It’s full of sugar and empty calories, offering little to no nutritional value. Although consumption of sugary drinks, particularly soda, has been on the decline in Canada since 2001, Canadians still consume about 110 liters of soda per person. That’s a lot of acid and sugar passing through each person’s mouth! And as bad as it is for your overall health, soda can be detrimental to oral health as well. Here are three ways soda is bad for your mouth (and tips on how to enjoy it occasionally). 1. Soda Softens Tooth Enamel Surprisingly, tooth enamel this is the hardest substance in the body—stronger than any bone. The hard layer protects your teeth to prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately, the sugars and acids in soda erode and soften tooth enamel, making the teeth more susceptible to cavities and sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. When you have soft tooth enamel and engage in poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing enough, brushing too hard or grinding your teeth, you’re a prime candidate for tooth loss. 2. Soda Stains the Teeth Putting aside the fact that soda causes tooth decay, it also affects the appearance of teeth by staining them. The sugars cling to your teeth, forming thick layers of plaque, which bacteria feed on. With...

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Sure Thumb-Sucking Is Therapeutic For Children, But At What Cost?

From infancy, nearly 80% of children suck fingers and thumbs. Over the course of 4 years, many of these children naturally stop the habit. But what about those few who continue the habit beyond age 4? There are psychological as well as physical risks associated with prolonged thumb sucking. Understanding these potential problems will aid you in helping your child break the habit. Psychological Setbacks of Thumb-Sucking: How it Hurts Self-Confidence A main reason that thumb-sucking persists beyond age four is that it helps children feel secure. Children naturally develop self-soothing techniques, but continuing this habit could be more harmful for self-confidence in the long run. Psychological setbacks of thumb-sucking include: Being Teased: Children who suck their thumbs at school are often ridiculed and bullied by their peers. Verbal bullying leads to low self-esteem while physical bullying threatens your child’s wellbeing. Neither form of ridicule is healthy for your child. If teasing persists, your child could develop anxiety about attending school and perform poorly in academics. Withdraw Socially: Another result of teasing is that your child won’t feel comfortable around other children. Instead of quitting the behavior that initiates the teasing, your child is more likely to rely on thumb-sucking to cope. Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult to develop socially. Your child might start withdrawing from all social activities, choosing to be alone with their thumb rather than...

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The Top 3 Reasons You Want To Get Real Fangtastic Teeth For Halloween

There are many different types of tooth modifications in the world. One of the most common cosmetic alterations is the creation of fangs. This creation can be generated by having teeth implanted, crowns placed, or veneers can be installed. However, no matter how this is performed there are four good reasons to go with real fangs over cheap store bought ones. Read one to learn more about fang creation in general and the three reasons that real fangs can make for a fangtastic Halloween. Reason # 1: No Slippage One of the top reasons to get real fangs over store bought snap-ons is the fact that they will not slip. Real fangs will be bonded, implanted, or shaped directly inside your mouth. They are literally part of your body.  Snap-on fangs may lose cohesion and fall off at a moment’s notice. This is particularly problematic of cheaply made fangs. You can accidentally swallow store-bought snap-on fangs if they come loose, so they may pose a health hazard in some instances. While snap-ons and simple plastic fangs are fine if you simply want to wear them for one day and do not care about authenticity, real fangs don’t fall out as readily if they are cared for.  Reason # 2: They Look Authentic Due to the manner in which veneers and crowns are created, a set of vampire fangs crafted by a master...

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Restoration

X-Ray

Common tooth restoration techniques can save the appearance of a person's smile and often include bondings, crowns, and dental implants.

Straightening

Retainer

Poorly aligned teeth can be straightened in a number of ways, including clear plastic braces and traditional metal braces from an orthodontist.

More Procedures

Teeth

Other common dental procedures not covered in the previous pages include dental fillings, root canals, and root planing and scaling.