Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

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Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

Like many people who need to lose a few pounds, I try diet after diet in an attempt to find one that finally works for me. I learned the hard way that I need to make sure any diet will not harm my teeth, even if it does help me lose a few pounds. I learned this lesson when following a grapefruit diet. There are many versions of this, but the version I tried had me eat a grapefruit alone several times each day. It was supposed to suppress my appetite. I helped keep me from munching on unhealthy snacks, but the acid in the fruit took a toll on my tooth enamel and I quickly started getting lots of cavities. I created this blog to remind people that change up their diets often to make sure the foods they are eating are not harming their teeth.

How To Know It's Time For New Dentures

As someone that wears dentures, it is very important for you to make sure that you are well aware of when it is time for you to get new dentures for yourself. Too many people make the mistake of putting off setting up an appointment for denture services for themselves in order to save money. However, the longer you wait, the more troublesome your current dentures could become. Here are a few signs that indicate a possible need for a new set of dentures:

Your Dentures Keep Moving Around

If you have recently noticed that your dentures are moving out of place when you eat or talk, despite using glue, you may need to see a dentist about getting a new set of dentures. Not only can the movement of your dentures be an embarrassment if someone nearby sees it happen, but it can cause the dentures to become easily damaged. You could end up accidentally dropping them on the ground or even biting down on them the wrong way when chewing, and crack one or more of the artificial teeth.

Your Gums Are Swollen And Red

Your dentures should fit snugly, but not so tight that they cause excessive rubbing. If you have noticed that your gums have become swollen and red, it is time to seek out a new pair of dentures. This may not be something that you can avoid because the shape of the mouth will change over the years, especially when there was a full extraction of all of the teeth. There can be bone loss and changes to the overall shape. Over time, this means that the dentures will no longer fit the same, since they were taken from a mold of your mouth years prior.

You Have Had The Dentures A Really Long Time

Even though dentures are made to last a long time, they are not designed to last for the rest of your life. While you might not notice any symptoms of problems, if it has been a very long time since you first got your dentures, it is probably time to think about getting a new pair. This way, your dentist will have a chance to examine your mouth and get you another pair that will probably be stronger than your current pair.

Once you have determined that it is possibly time for you to get a new set of dentures, you will want to contact your dentist. Explain the need for new dentures so you can be set up with an appointment so your mouth can be examined. They can then show you the options that are available to you and discuss any payment that may be required if you do not have a dental insurance plan that will cover the cost of this.