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Dentures require the same care and attention as real teeth. These devices are meant to replicate the form and function of your teeth, which means that they are susceptible to the same oral health dangers. For instance, foods that stain your teeth can discolor your dentures. Food particles can also build on dentures in the same way that they accumulate on natural teeth. As a result, dentists recommend daily cleaning practices to keep your dentures free from discoloration and contamination. Soaking your dentures in a specially formulated solution can rid them of hardened food residue. Brushing them each day can help in keeping them clean and white as well. To ensure that you do not accidentally damage your dentures as you clean them, use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Do you have more questions about your denture care? Then call Southport Dental at (317) 497-5061. Our team of dental professionals would be happy to answer your inquiries over the phone or at our Indianapolis office.
Last updated 3 days ago
You might have been told that smoking is harmful to your lungs. You may have even been warned of its impact on your heart. Did you know, though, that smoking could incite irrevocable damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth? This habit comes with an extensive array of negative complications, many of which entail the deterioration of your oral health.
Higher Incidence of Oral Cancer
Tobacco products contain carcinogens, ingredients that have been found to increase the likelihood of cancer. Data indicates that many of the people who are diagnosed with oral cancer also have tobacco habits. Smoking puts the lip, cheek, and other mouth tissues at risk, as they are in contact with these carcinogens on a regular basis.
Greater Opportunity for Periodontal Problems
Even if you do not suffer from oral cancer as the result of your smoking habit, you may experience periodontal disease. Smoking affects the health and function of the gums in several ways. For one, it restricts blood flow, which can prevent gum tissue from receiving the oxygen and nutrients it needs for optimal wellbeing. Two, it can facilitate the accumulation of plaque on tooth enamel. Periodontal disease begins with the formation of plaque, which creates inflammation in the gums. Smoking also makes it more difficult for the body to combat the gum infection that periodontal disease produces.
Larger Likelihood of Teeth Stains
The ingredients in tobacco products can cling to and breach tooth enamel. As a result, the teeth can quickly loose their bright appearance and dull to a dark yellow or brown color. The longer that your smoking habit continues, the harder it can be to eliminate these stains. To restore the look of your smile, your dentist may need to administer porcelain veneers or Lumineers to disguise your discolored teeth.
Are you trying to quit your smoking habit? Let Southport Dental help. Our Indianapolis dental office can recommend smoking cessation programs in the area. We can also attend to the oral health complications of your smoking behaviors. To speak with an associate about how we can reverse the damage that smoking has done, call us at (317) 497-5061.
Last updated 9 days ago
Gingivitis is early stage periodontal disease, which is largely preventable. This video discusses what steps you can take to avoid this problem.
In most cases, gingivitis is the result of lacking oral hygiene habits. Infrequent or poorly executed brushing and flossing can lead to the accumulation of food and bacteria on the teeth. The longer these contaminants linger on tooth enamel, the harder they become. This buildup, also known as plaque, can cause gum inflammation. Gum inflammation is an early indicator of periodontal disease, which can produce tooth loss. To prevent this side effect of periodontal disease, brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see a dentist at least twice a year.
Do you have signs of early stage periodontal disease? Call Southport Dental in Indianapolis at (317) 497-5061 to schedule an appointment for periodontal treatment.
Last updated 10 days ago
You may be diligent about seeing the dentist every six months, but are you taking the same precautions for your toddler? Many parents inadvertently overlook the dental needs of their children until they begin getting their permanent teeth. Unfortunately, by the time a child reaches this age, they may already have comprehensive tooth decay. Missing early dental visits can also prevent the opportunity for less invasive treatment for decay, gum disease, and orthodontic issues. As the following benefits illustrate, it’s never too early to begin the practice of regular dental visits for your child.
Evaluate Early Oral Hygiene
Many dentists advise parents to bring in their children by the time they reach 12 months of age. If you have a child who is a year old or older, schedule their first dental checkup as soon as possible. Children who are at least a year old typically have some of their baby teeth. What some parents may not realize is that these teeth can fall victim to tooth decay. A dentist can examine your child’s teeth to see if they have any cavities that could cause pain and compromise the health of their future permanent teeth.
Assess Need for Professional Help
Many children will one day require orthodontic work. However, the sooner a dentist can assess the problems that he must address, the lower the likelihood for extensive treatment in future years. For instance, if a dentist notes that your child has a particularly small mouth that may not allow for easy tooth eruption, he might recommend a palatal expander to prevent the occurrence of crowded teeth.
Familiarize with Dental Procedures
It may take some time for your child to become comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Given the new people, setting, and procedures that your child will experience during his initial visit, he may demonstrate some hesitation or anxiety while young. The earlier that you introduce your child to his dentist, the sooner that he will feel at ease during his subsequent visits.
Southport Dental offers friendly dental care to our littlest patients in the greater Indianapolis area. If you have a toddler who needs dental attention, let our gentle and caring staff attend to his needs. To schedule a checkup, call (317) 497-5061.
Last updated 15 days ago
Oral cancer affects up to 35,000 Americans each year. The majority of oral cancers are caused by the use of alcohol or tobacco. Limit your consumption of alcohol and quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco products. Your doctor or dentist can provide advice on how to quit if you are having trouble. Oral cancer can also be caused by an infection with the HPV virus, which can be transmitted via oral sex with an infected partner. Visit your dentist regularly for an oral cancer screening, which is part of a normal preventive exam. Catching oral cancer in its earliest stages offers the best chance of obtaining effective treatment for a full recovery. If you are having difficulty swallowing or notice sores or changes in color of the soft tissues of your mouth, contact your dentist to schedule a screening.
You can get more information about oral cancer and reducing your risk for this disease from your dentist at Southport Dental. We provide oral cancer screenings as part of our comprehensive preventive dental care services for children and adults. Check us out on the web or call (317) 497-5061 today.