If flossing hasn’t become a regular part of your oral routine, find out why it should.
While brushing your teeth is just another everyday habit, maybe flossing hasn’t quite made the list just yet as something that you do each day. Maybe you don’t even floss at all. In fact, some people even believe that if they brush longer or they brush their teeth really well that they don’t actually need to floss. Dr. Ryan Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS is here to explain why this reasoning could be dangerous for your oral health.
Why should I floss?
It may seem hard to believe, but some experts will tell you that flossing could even be more important to your smile than brushing. How? Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between teeth to make it easier for the toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to get in between those nooks and crannies that were once covered with buildup. If plaque is left to sit between teeth and along the gumline, it will turn into tartar.
What is tartar?
Tartar is hardened plaque that you won’t be able to floss or brush away. The only person with the proper dental tools to remove tartar from your teeth is our Paola, KS, general dentist during your six-month routine cleanings. Tartar isn’t something to ignore. Tartar can irritate gums and lead to inflammation, decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.
How often should I floss?
Ideally, you should floss at least once a day. In the very beginning, it may feel a bit foreign to you to floss. It may take longer to get a grasp for the technique and how to effectively clean your teeth. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us. Of course, the more often you floss the easier and faster it will get.
While you can floss any time of the day or night, it’s not a bad idea to floss at the end of the evening right before you brush your teeth. By flossing before you brush you can dislodge and remove plaque and food so the toothpaste can get into these gaps easily for a more thorough clean. Of course, flossing more than once a day is never a bad idea.
Do you have questions about flossing techniques? Are you dealing with dental pain? Need a preventive checkup? Dr. Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, has you covered. Call us today.
Your Paola dentist can tell you how these popular dental restorations offer many ways to revive a damaged smile.
No one wants to deal with damaged or missing teeth, but unfortunately, you may be faced with just this issue. Fortunately, Dr. Ryan Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, is here to the rescue. Find out the purpose behind crowns and bridges and when they may be the appropriate treatment option for you.
What is the purpose of dental crowns?
A dental crown, or cap, is designed to protect a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, broken or fractured. A tooth that has undergone root canal treatment will also require a dental crown, in many instances. This hollowed-out tooth-shaped restoration is designed to completely cover a tooth to restore strength and resilience. A crown may also be used to hide aesthetic flaws like misshapen or discolored teeth.
There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to make a dental crown. In most cases, porcelain or ceramic resin tend to be most popular because they are tooth-colored. Of course, metal crowns are stronger than porcelain and are often used on back teeth.
What is the purpose of a dental bridge?
Since a gap left over by a missing tooth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift out of place a dental bridge is a great way to prevent this and to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. This often fixed restoration is supported by two dental crowns on both ends, which are placed over prepared natural teeth and then connected to the false teeth in the middle.
Just like with dental crowns, there are many different materials that can be used to create your dental bridge. Of course, porcelain and ceramic can be used to match the rest of your smile, making this a popular option for many of our patients. The type of material that is ultimately right for your restoration will depend on the location of the missing teeth, cosmetic factors and pricing.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges? Do you want to find out if your smile could benefit from one of these restorations? Then it’s time you called Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS today to learn more.
Learn more about implants and dentures with your Paola dentist.
For many denture patients, their dentures may become loose over time. This can cause them problems with talking, eating and even just enjoying daily life. Thanks to the help of dental implants from Dr. Ryan Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, these patients can restore both the function and appearance of their teeth with one simple treatment.
How Dental Implants Help Denture Patients
Dental implants come in a variety of types to suit the needs of every patient. Perhaps the best option for patients with loose dentures would be a smaller implant that helps restore the function of their dentures. Most often these patients do not or did not have enough bone to have full-sized implants. These implants act as the root of the tooth providing a stable base for dentures to sit. When they are placed, the denture can gently and smoothly rest on the gum tissue.
Placement of implants is quick and easy. With a minimally-invasive procedure, these implants are placed into the jawbone. The head of the implant will protrude from the gum tissue and offer a solid foundation to secure the dentures. Because this is minimally-invasive, not much healing time is required.
After Care of Implants for Denture Patients
It is important that the dentures are left in place for 48 hours after this procedure. There will be mild discomfort, but if excessive bleeding ensues, contact Dr. Sanders immediately. Your denture should feel secure. You can eat as soon as you want to but should avoid hard or sticky foods for a while. Proper oral hygiene is imperative for the success of this procedure. Brush and clean the balls of the implants as if they are your natural teeth.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, to discuss what implants can do for your dentures, call (913) 294-5377 today.
You want your dentures to last a long time, right? Then it’s important to know how to care for them.
Whether you’ve just gotten dentures or you are in the market to get them, it’s important that you understand as much about them as possible so you know you’ve made the right decision when it comes to treating your tooth loss. From the office of our Paola, KS family dentist Dr. Ryan Sanders, find out how to maintain healthy dentures for years to come.
Always be Gentle
Even though dentures may look and feel pretty durable, they can still become damaged if you don’t care for them properly. To avoid damage to your dentures you’ll not only want to handle them with care to make sure that you don’t bend or break metal clasps, but you’ll also want to handle your dentures over a large towel or a sink full of water. That way, if you do accidentally drop them there will be a softer, gentler surface for them to fall on.
Keep them Clean
You should treat your dentures just like natural teeth when it comes to keeping them clean. This means brushing them everyday, preferably after meals. Of course, you don’t want to opt for regular toothpastes, which can be too harsh on artificial surfaces and could damage your dentures.
Instead, opt for a non-abrasive denture cleaner and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the denture products you need to purchase? Not sure which one is right for you? Just ask our Paola, KS dentist for advice on what products can keep your dentures looking their best.
Remove Every Night
Before bedtime you’ll want to remove your dentures and immediately place them into a denture-soaking solution. Anytime you aren’t wearing your dentures you should do this. Dentures that dry out or come in contact with hot water can become warped, and the attachments can tarnish.
Before you go to sleep, place your dentures in the soaking solution. In the morning, make sure to thoroughly rinse off your dentures with water. Rinsing your dentures off beforehand will ensure that your mouth doesn’t come in contact with the solution.
If you are interested in getting dentures or just need to schedule your next six-month cleaning don’t hesitate to turn to Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS. Call us today!
Many patients who wear dentures have to come in from time to time to have their appliances repaired. It is usually a much more affordable alternative to having a new custom denture appliance manufactured. Here are a few details you should know about denture repairs.
Common Causes of Damaged Dentures
Dentures are made of plastic or ceramic material that can be damaged just like any other object made of this material. The damage is commonly caused by everyday use and accidents:
- Biting into something hard, like a walnut shell or bottle top, that causes the denture to crack or chip
- Hot foods can melt or warp the material
- Accidentally dropping or stepping on the denture appliance
- Pets getting a hold of the dentures and biting or chewing on them
- Certain dental creams and adhesives can damage dentures (don’t use super glue)
The Process of Getting Dentures Repaired
Retailers sell at-home denture repair kits, but they aren’t as reliable as having a dentist work on them. Having your dentures repaired by a dentist is similar to bringing your favorite pair of shoes into a cobbler’s shop or a piece of clothing to a skilled tailor to be fixed. The dentist will use professional grade adhesives and acrylic material to make the repairs.
The repair can take a few days if the dentist has to send them off-site to a laboratory, but some dentists who have their own labs on-site offer same-day denture repairs. Emergency dentists often offer same day repairs for dental restorations.
Protecting Your Dentures from Future Damage
There are a few ways that you can prevent damage to your replacement teeth in the future. If you're going to be involved in any type of activity that could put the dentures at risk, like football or hockey, you might want to remove them in advance. Do not use your dentures to open bottles or crack open shells, no matter how secure they feel. Also, avoid using potentially corrosive creams and denture cleaners. Even if it’s just a tiny crack, avoid using super glue to fix dentures because it can do more harm than good in the long run.
If you have a problem with your dentures in the future, you don’t have to tolerate discomfort -- there’s probably a simple fix available. Contact Dr. Ryan Sanders to have your dentures professionally repaired so that they’ll last for many more years to come.
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