How Periodontal Health Problems Your Dentures

123 dentureIn our last blog post, we discussed how gum disease and gum recession can lead to issues with the comfort and fit of your dentures in Portland OR.

When it comes to removable dentures, the loss of gum tissue or other serious problems with the health of the gum tissue means that dentures could come loose or feel uncomfortable.

When a patient has dentures fixed in place with dental implants, gum recession and gum disease can cause implants to be less stable, possibly resulting in implant failure and serious damage to the jawbone.

Here are a few tips for maintaining good periodontal health:

  • Brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth regularly, at least once a day
  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Clean and soak your denture/bridge as instructed
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and maintenance

For more information about your dentures in Portland OR, contact our office today! Our denturist Tonya Poleon her entire team are looking forward to your visit and discussing your dental health and wellness.

The Connection Between the Gums and Dental Health

appleYour Denturist in Portland OR Tonya Poleon understands that all parts of the mouth are in some way connected. When it comes getting full or partial dentures, this means that paying attention to all parts of the mouth is vitally important.

Most people think only the teeth and the patient’s jawbone when it comes to health and dentures. That said, there are many other things to consider with your dental wellness when you have dentures in place.

The health of your gums can be just as important when it comes to your dentures, and in many cases, people take their gums for granted. Gum disease and gum recession are both important factors of dental health, and today we will discuss both.

Gum Disease refers to the bacterial infection of the gum tissue. This infection is caused by the bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

Here are the three stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis

As gum disease progresses, it makes tooth loss, spread of infection, and other more serious health issues more likely.

Gum Recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along your dental ridge. When teeth are still present, gum recession often occurs due to smoking, gum disease, and trauma from aggressive brushing and flossing.

At Classic Denture Center, your denturist in Portland OR will help you maintain dental health and explain how to protect that smile! Contact us today!

Adjusting to the Life of Wearing Dentures – Part 2

123 dentureIn our last blog, we discussed the discomfort of wearing new dentures! Today we will continue giving you hope that one day, you will feel like yourself, despite your new dentures in Portland Oregon!

If you are someone who is concerned that the discomfort, pain, and difficulty with daily tasks will continue to cause you grief, this blog is for you! There are many things you can do to ensure that you will feel like yourself again!

Here are just a few suggestions to help you get used to your new dentures:

Exercise Your Cheeks: Your buccinator muscles (cheek muscles) help direct the food in your mouth towards your throat in preparation of swallowing. So, just like working out any other par of your body, building these muscles can give you more control over your meals while you are eating.

Experiment with Adhesives: Talk to your denturist about the best creams and adhesives on the market. Then go to the store and find the ones that work best for you! Remember that just a little bit goes a long way in reducing irritation.

Follow the Post-Extraction Plan Outlined by Your Denturist: One of the most important things you can do while you are getting used to your new dentures is to be on top of your treatment plan. Everyone heals differently, and can expect to be sore following a given extraction. So make sure to take any medication as prescribed, follow any advice given, and always attend your appointments. Try not to miss any dental visits after the first few months of wearing dentures.

If you have any questions at all about adjusting to your new dentures in Portland OR, do not hesitate to contact us at the Classic Denture Center! We want to be there for you every step of the way.



Adjusting to the Life of Wearing Dentures – Part 1

This month we are all about soothing your oral discomfort from wearing dentures! Even though some discomfort is a part of life for many new denture wearers, it is possible to reduce and eliminate some of that discomfort!

If oral pain is a problem for you, getting used to denture is an important factor in your health. Fortunately, with Classic Denture Center, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for your great new smile!

Try a few of these tips to help you adjust to your new dentures in Portland OR:

Set Realistic Expectations:
Just like when wearing braces, your dentures will seem like there is a foreign object in your mouth at first. It can be difficult to speak, eat, or act naturally while wearing them. You might experience some shock in the beginning, but after a bit of time, you will find yourself getting used to the feeling.

Eat Healthy Food:  During the early phases of wearing dentures, don’t forget to eat nutritious foods for more forgiving, processed items. Staying healthy is a big part of denture wearing success.

Sing Your Speech: You might not know this, but music is a great form of speech training. While wearing your new dentures, try singing along to your favorite songs! This technique can help you get used to forming certain words and get back to talking like yourself!

These are just a few ways to get used to your new dentures in Portland Oregon! We will cover a few more next time.

To talk about getting dentures with a professional you can trust, contact our denturist at the Classic Denture Center today!

Is it Time for a Trip to See Your Denturist

123 dentureHow do you know when it is time to make a trip to your local denturist in Portland OR?

To help you find out, we at the Classic Denture Center have a few questions you can answer to determine if it is time to make an appointment to visit your denturist.

Your dentures will typically last between five and 10 years. That said, it is important to visit with your denturist regularly to make sure that the fit and function of your dentures is still working for you.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I having difficulty chewing food?
  • Am I having difficulty speaking?
  • Am I always biting the side of my mouth or cheek?
  • Did my mouth and/or gums have become red or inflamed?
  • Do I experience continued discomfort wearing my dentures?
  • Are my dentures cracked or chipped?
  • Have I had my dentures for over five years?

It is important to remember that not all dentures are made the same way or with the same materials.

When you come in for a check-up, your experienced denturist will be able to address your needs and expectations to ensure you the right fit and function for your new dentures. Our dentures are crafted using the most advanced technologies and techniques to ensure a long-lasting and comfortable fit for many years to come.

Contact us today to make an appointment to find out if you are ready for a denture upgrade.



What to do if Your Dentures Break

man-272675_640Whether you are experiencing a cracked screen on your smart phone, a broken pair of glasses, or cracked or broken dentures in Portland OR, whenever something you use on a daily basis breaks, it can be incredibly frustrating! Especially if you are not aware of the cost or process to fix it!

If your dentures have recently become damaged or broken, we understand that it can be an alarming experience, and it is our goal to get them fixed or replaced as soon as possible so you can get back to your life!

Regardless of whether it is a small break or a large fracture, call us at Classic Denture Center and our expert denturist Tonya Poleon will handle your denture emergencies in a quick and professional manner.

Tips to follow if your dentures are broken:

  • Do not delay calling us to set up a repair to avoid the denture breaking further.
  • Do not put your health at risk with temporary repairs. Using toxic substances can be dangerous and damage the product more.
  • If you have a back up pair of dentures, use them until you can get in for an appointment!

Contact us to today to have your broken dentures fixed as soon as possible! If you have any other questions, you can read about our services on our website!

A Denturist Shares the Worst Places to Lose Your Dentures in Portland OR

denturesYou and I both know that your dentures are supposed to stay in your mouth, but if you have traditional dentures, they often don’t. When they don’t, it can lead to some very embarrassing moments! Sometimes your dentures come out at inappropriate or inconvenient times, and there is not much that can be done about it!

So to make light of this situation, we want to share a few of the worst places to lose your dentures:

On the Road: One minute, you are riding your motorcycle or scooter and smiling, then you hit a big bump and you don’t know longer have your teeth any more!

In a Dumpster: Your dentures are meant to help you eat, but maybe you take your dentures out at the restaurant and forget to put them back in! This leads to your dentures ending up in the trash, and, eventually, in the dumpster.

In the Toilet: Ok, gross… But amazingly, this does happen! While no one actually sees you lose them in there, the embarrassment comes from having to admit where you lost them when you have to replace them!

Down Your Throat:  Seriously, while it might not sound like it, this is a thing! Dentures are one of the most commonly swallowed items. You might not even realize you have swallowed them as crazy as that sounds!

At a Crime Scene: We know you are not out and about committing crimes, so this one is all in fun!   That said, losing your dentures at a crime scene could ruin the perfect crime!

So, there you have it! These are some pretty lame places to lose your dentures! Most of the people around you will hardly notice when your dentures end up somewhere they shouldn’t! Remember,  you are the person who is notices the most!

To learn more about getting dentures in Portland Oregon that are more functional and secure, please click here to contact Classic Denture Center today!


A Denturist in Portland OR Shares Tips for Bad Breath

DenturesDo you have bad breath? It’s something that most of us have dealt with on occasion, but what if your bad breath is chronic?

If you wear dentures and have been noticing that you have smelly breath, you probably already know how such a small problem can drastically impact your life.

“Denture Breath” can be a daily issue that might affect relationships, cause embarrassment, impact your daily life, and lead to isolation! It is not totally unheard of for someone dealing with bad breath to lose their self-esteem and self-confidence.

At Classic Denture Center, we don’t want to see this happen to you!

The first thing that you should know is that there are many causes of bad breath, such as the food you eat, poor oral hygiene, and even disease. Most commonly, your chronic bad breath will be causes by the bacteria growing on your dentures.

If you have traditional dentures, the denture material is usually a breeding ground for bacteria and makes it even more important that you practice exceptional oral hygiene such as:

  • Regularly cleaning your dentures
  • Cleaning your tongue
  • Flossing/brushing/using mouthwash
  • Cleaning your gum tissue after removing your dentures

Come see your trusted denturist in Portland OR and we are sure that you will breath a fresh sigh of relief. We can help keep your dentures free of bacteria and educate you on proper denture care!

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A Denturist in Portland Explains How to Kill 99.9% of Denture Germs

123 dentureDid you know that overnight soaking can kill 99.9 percent of denture germs? This simple act plays a big part in your oral health and it doesn’t take any of those expensive denture cleaning options.

From all-natural soaking solutions to high-end ultrasonic devices, it is easy for denture wearers to disregard less expensive cleaning options for quicker and more expensive choices.

That said, your denturist in Portland, OR wants you to be aware that fast and costly is not always better.

If you wear dentures, it is also very important for you to remember that along with good hygiene, your annual full denture checkups are essential to keeping your mouth healthy.

Over the years, your mouth changes, making it necessary to continually check to ensure that everything is still fitting comfortably.

Keep in mind that when you play your part and participate with regular monitoring, your oral health can be maintained.

If you suffer from denture sore spots or unstable dentures, contact us at Classic Denture Center today! We want you to love your smile and feel comfortable doing it!

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The Importance of Properly Cleaning Your Dentures in Portland OR

toothbrushe-24232_640At Classic Denture Center, we pride ourselves in the hygiene education that we provide our patients. That said, we still see some denture wearers having trouble understanding the importance of regular and proper cleaning of their dentures.

This is very important to us that our patients take part in a daily cleaning routine to help avoid all sorts of oral trouble.

Here’s why:

Partial and full acrylic dentures have surface pores and it is possible for dangerous germs such as: Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus mutans, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, and hundreds of other garden-variety germs to get stuck and grow in these pores.

In our opinion, this is of the most important reasons to regularly clean your dentures. We want our patients to control denture bacteria and prevent unnecessary exposure to microbes that could cause oral and systemic disease.

Denture bacteria can also impact one of the biggest everyday problems, which is bad breath. Since the body’s scent receptors become accustomed to a smell they are exposed to frequently, you may not be able to detect odor coming from your dentures. To ensure fresh breath, consider overnight soaking to reduce the odor-causing bacteria on your dentures.

If you have any questions about properly cleaning your dentures in Portland, OR, denturist Tanya Poleon would be happy to help! Make an appointment today or click here to contact our office.