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Could a Flipper Denture Be The Answer to Your Incomplete Smile?

Living with missing teeth can be difficult. Without a complete smile, it can be harder for you to eat and speak effectively. Spaces in your smile can also cause oral health issues, such as increases in plaque, bacteria and food debris; and can allow your teeth to drift out of proper alignment. This can cause them to strike one another at the wrong angles and cause damage to the tooth enamel.

If the missing tooth is one of your upper front teeth, you will undoubtedly feel very self conscious about your appearance, no matter how polte the people around you may try to be. If that is the case for you, you should talk to our dentist, Dr. [doctor_name] about replacing your missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are very effective single-tooth replacements, but they can be very expensive, and not everyone may be a suitable implant candidate. Dentures are excellent for replacing teeth. But you may not need a denture, and although dentures are less expensive than implants, they may be out of your price range. So what can be done so you can smile with confidence again?

A flipper denture may be a good choice for you. A flipper denture is not actually a denture, it is really a retainer with one or several prosthetic teeth mounted on it. It fits in with the rest of your upper teeth and is held in place partly by metal brackets. It is called a flipper because it is fairly easy to flip it out with your tongue. A flipper is not as strong as a regular denture, but it is much less expensive and may be a good option for you if cost is a concern. You will need to be careful when eating hard, tough or sticky foods. You should also use care when biting into things. You may want to cut harder foods into slices to avoid damaging or displacing your dentures.

Your flipper should fit firmly, but comfortably. If it is too tight or too loose, it will not be comfortable or effective. You should let the dentist know if your flipper does not fit well or causes you pain. You should remove your flipper twice a day and gently clean it using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste, or a mild hand or dish soap. When you take it out before going to bed, you should place it in a denture soaking solution. Your flipper needs to remain moist so that it does not warp out of shape, and the solution will help to keep your flipper clean.

If you need to fill out your smile, and would like to find out if a flipper denture in [city], [state] would be a good fit for you, we would be happy to see you for an exam, consultation and recommendation. If you would like to schedule an appointment at [practice_name], call [phone] today and we’ll take it from there. Start smiling and enjoying your life again.

Choosing a Composite Filling For Your Smile

A cavity in your tooth can cause many problems if left untreated. Not only can a cavity become painful, it can also cause bad breath, and can lead to the loss of your tooth. Depending on where the tooth is located, you may have the option of using a composite filling to address your cavity. If you have a cavity that is readily visible by other people, you can talk to Dr. [doctor_name] about a composite filling.

A composite filling is actually a resin of plastic and powdered glass. The advantage to using a composite filling is that the dentist can color it to match the surface of the rest of your tooth, making it far less obvious to others.

After your dentist has removed the decayed tooth material, [heshe] will mix a resin that has been colored to match your tooth. The process of placing a composite filling will take longer than other fillings, since the tooth needs to be kept dry during the process. Additionally, composite fillings are placed in layers to give them added strength, and each of those layers need to be cured with a special light.

Composite fillings work best for teeth that do not receive a great deal of pressure from chewing, and are usually reserved for use on the front teeth. All fillings need to be replaced eventually; but, with the proper care a composite filling can last over five years. You will need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

If you are in need of a filling and would like to see if a composite filling will work for you, we will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at [practice_name] in [city], [state], call [phone] today.

Keep Bad Breath Away

Do you struggle with embarrassing bad breath? If so, you are not alone. Halitosis is a condition that causes persistent bad breath and could be a sign of gum disease. Here at our dental office in [city], [state], our team is dedicated to your oral care, which is why are happy to provide you with this information on how to keep bad breath at bay.

Halitosis is a condition that keeps bacteria in your mouth that could be causing your bad breath. There are many triggers for halitosis, however the best way to fight it is to talk to Drs. Long and Thurman. Your dentists will be able to give you more information and determine if gum disease is the culprit of your bad breath. If not, there are other things you can do to fight it.

Brushing every day for twice a day, while flossing every night are key factors in fighting bad breath. Using a mouthwash to fight the rest of the bacteria can also be effective at clearing your mouth of bad breath. Sometimes, bacteria can stick to your tongue, so be sure to scrape and wash your tongue off, to keep bacteria from spreading.

The most important thing to remember is to visit your dentists regularly. Regular dental checkups are vital to your oral health. If you would like to schedule your appointment, please call us today at [phone]. Our team is always happy to assist your smile and help keep your smile clean and fresh.

Can You Keep Your Mouth Clean Without Toothpaste?

What do you do to keep up your oral health? Do you make a point of brush and floss every day? If so, good for you—but what would you do if you found your toothpaste tube empty one day and weren’t able to get more right away? As you can probably guess, you shouldn’t just avoid brushing. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do in a pinch.

Mouthwash is one option you should consider. As you may know, mouthwash can fight off cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, and even wash away food particles. However, please remember that, while using mouthwash is better than nothing, please don’t plan on replacing brushing.

Similarly, if you find yourself out of toothpaste and mouthwash, you can also rinse out your mouth with hydrogen peroxide. However, please remember to mix the hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Also, please do not swallow hydrogen peroxide. If you would like to brush, you can also use baking powder—which is a safe alternative that is also included in many toothpastes.

However, if you aren’t interested in any of these options, you could also try chewing on a mint or on chewing gum. You see, chewing gum can help because chewing promotes saliva production. As you may know, saliva is actually vital to the health of your mouth, as it gets rid of bad bacteria. If you don’t have chewing gum handy, you can also chew on herbs such as mint, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

Finally, to enjoy a healthy smile, please remember to visit a dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. [doctor_name], please don’t hesitate to contact [practice_name] at [phone]. We will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.