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How Your Dentures Might Affect your Overall Nutrition

March 5, 2024

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Dentures are one of the most effective methods of replacing a lot of teeth at once. They’re inexpensive, durable, and are meticulously crafted to suit your needs. However, as incredible as modern dentures are, there are some things that it’s worth being aware of before you get them.

For one, full dentures are held in place entirely via suction. While this seal is more secure than you’d think, it can sometimes lead to issues when you eat, ultimately affecting your nutrition. If you’re curious here’s what you should know about how dentures may affect your diet.


Denture Dilemma: What Adhesive is Right for Me?

February 12, 2024

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Tube of adhesive next to dentures on green surface

Whether you have a full or partial set, dentures are a great way to rebuild your smile after suffering tooth loss. But did you know that your jawbone deteriorates when teeth fall out because your body absorbs the bone mass that’s no longer necessary to support them? As a result, your jaw thins which eventually changes the shape of your mouth and face. That means the dentures that once fit like a glove may start to feel loose.

Fortunately, denture adhesive can help. There are many choices, though, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed if you’re not sure what to look for. Keep reading to learn more about the options so you can decide!


5 Perils of Poorly Fitted Dentures

January 12, 2024

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Older man holding his jaw due to poorly fitted dentures

If you’ve experienced a lot of tooth loss, wearing dentures should enhance your daily life, providing comfort, functionality, and confidence. However, when dentures don’t fit properly, a range of complications can arise. Poorly fitted dentures not only affect your oral health but can also cause systemic health issues.

If you want to learn about the health problems associated with poorly fitted dentures, continue reading.


Challenging Changes: How Gum Disease Impacts Your Facial Structure

December 11, 2023

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Woman closing her eyes holding a picture of gum disease over her mouth

Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss worldwide? It’s an incredibly common disease that affects more than 47% of American Adults. On top of that, it’s possible to have it and be unaware because it doesn’t exhibit visible symptoms until it has progressed to more advanced stages. To add insult to injury, the consequences of gum disease can alter the structure of your face and lead to a more aged appearance. Keep reading to learn more about why this happens and what you can do to prevent it!


How Can Older Adults Develop Gum Disease?

November 10, 2023

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Gum disease

Gum disease is an unpleasant experience at any age, but it becomes more common after the age of sixty. While receding gums are the dental ailment most frequently found in older patients, other gum-related issues are also prevalent among that age group. However, these issues are often caused more by many years of poor oral hygiene than age. Here are a few common gum issues among seniors along with a few ways they can be treated.


How Long Can I Expect My Root Canal to Take?

October 13, 2023

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Woman has curious expression

Despite the bad reputation they get from cartoons and movies, modern root canals are painless procedures that can save a tooth from extraction. They are necessary when the pulp at the center of a tooth becomes infected, and they are often the best way to get rid of the miserable pain that comes with a toothache. Here’s how long a root canal can take as well as some information about the recovery.


My Toothache Suddenly Disappeared; Should I Still Be Worried?

September 13, 2023

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Woman has curious expression

A toothache is an incredibly unpleasant experience. It is typically accompanied by sharp, throbbing, miserable pain that can easily disrupt day-to-day activities. If you’ve been suffering through a toothache for a while only to find that it suddenly stops, you might think that the problem has resolved itself. Unfortunately, it is far more likely that you should be even more concerned at that point. Here’s why your toothache might have vanished and why this means you have even more reason to see your emergency dentist.


Understanding Fluoride’s Impact on Teeth

August 2, 2023

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Fluoride on gray backgroundYour teeth are supposed to last for a lifetime, but 120 million people are living with tooth loss. Cavities are a leading cause of missing teeth, which affects 92% of adults. Although brushing and flossing are effective at keeping decay at bay, fluoride is equally important for strong and healthy teeth. Here’s how you can harness the power of nature’s cavity fighter to combat tooth decay.


Why You Shouldn’t Hold Off on Dental Implants for Too Long

July 18, 2023

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a woman thinking about dental implants

If you’re struggling with tooth loss, then you know all too well the effects it has on simple oral tasks. That’s why, to help restore your ability to chew and speak properly, you might be considering getting dental implants to rebuild your smile. However, if it’s been years since you’ve lost your pearly whites, can you still be eligible for the treatment? Keep reading to learn if it’s possible to wait too long to replace missing teeth with dental implants and what your dentist can do to help you.


Does Nitrous Oxide Put You to Sleep?

June 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — spillmanfd @ 12:27 am
person wearing nose mask administering nitrous oxide sedation

In the United States, 75% of adults experience some level of dental fear or anxiety. This apprehension often stems from concerns about sounds, dental tools, or the dental environment, making it challenging for them to receive the necessary care to prevent oral health issues. Fortunately, dental sedation provides a solution. There are various types of sedation available, with nitrous oxide being one of the most popular choices. If you haven’t experienced this type of dental sedation before, you might be wondering if it will put you to sleep. Keep reading to find out the answer to this question and how nitrous oxide sedation works.

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