Category Archives: Dentures
Tell your dentist you have diabetes and ask him or her to show you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- People will diabetes get gum disease more often than people who do not have diabetes. Gum infections can make it hard to control blood sugar. Once a gum infection starts, it can take a long time to heal. If the infection is sever, teeth can loosen or even fall out. Good blood sugar control can prevent gum problems.
- Keeping your own teeth is important for healthy eating. Natural teeth help you chew foods better and easier than you can with dentures. Because infections can make gums sore and uneven, dentures may not fit right. Be sure to tell your dentist if your dentures hurt.
- Take good care of your teeth and gums. At least twice a day, brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use dental floss every day to clean between the teeth.
- If your gums bleed while you are brushing your teeth or eating, or a bad taste stays in your mouth, go to the dentist. Tell your dentist about any other changes you see, such as white patches, in your mouth.
And be sure to have a dental check up at least every 6 months!
Broken or chipped dentures should never be repaired at home. Over-the-counter glues often contain chemicals that damage the materials used to make the dentures. In addition, it is difficult for an untrained person to properly align a broken denture. Incorrectly aligned dentures will fit poorly and may damage your gums.
Generally, your dentist can repair broken dentures. But sometimes the dentures have been so badly damaged by do-it-yourself repairs that they have to be remade. In the long run, it’s less expensive to bring your broken or chipped dentures to your dentist for repairs than it is to replace your dentures!