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By Golden Dental
June 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

People who’ve lost all their teeth have benefitted from a solution that’s been around for generations: removable dentures. These appliances have helped millions of people chew and eat food, speak, and smile confidently.

But for all their benefits (including affordability) there’s still some things you need to do to get the most out of them like cleaning them daily or having us check them regularly for damage and wear. And, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do: wear them around the clock. Not removing them when you sleep at night can harm your oral health and reduce your dentures’ longevity.

Dentures are fitted to rest on the gums and the bony ridges that once held your natural teeth. This exerts pressure on the underlying bone that can cause it to gradually dissolve (resorb). This loss in bone volume eventually loosens your denture’s fit. If you’re wearing them all the time, the process progresses faster than if you took them out each night.

The under surfaces of dentures are also a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Besides unpleasant odors and irritation, these microorganisms are also the primary cause for dental disease. Research has found that people who sleep in their dentures have higher occurrences of plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants that cause periodontal (gum) disease. They’re also more prone to higher levels of yeast and the protein interleukin-6 in the blood, which can trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.

To avoid these and other unpleasant outcomes, you should develop a few important habits: remove and rinse your dentures after eating; brush them at least once a day with dish or anti-bacterial soap or a denture cleanser (not toothpaste, which can be too abrasive); and take them out when you sleep and place them in water or an alkaline peroxide-based solution.

Be sure you also brush your gums and tongue with an extra soft toothbrush (not your denture brush) or wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth. This will help reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth.

Taking these steps, especially removing dentures while you sleep, will greatly enhance your well-being. Your dentures will last longer and your mouth will be healthier.

If you would like more information on denture care and maintenance, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Golden Dental
June 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: soda   nutrition  

We’ve probably all heard someone say that drinking soda will “rot your teeth” and are aware that soda is bad for our health. But what sodaabout diet soda? Is this drink any better than the real thing? Unfortunately, diet soda can have adverse affects on your health just as much as regular soda. Find out more about diet soda and your teeth with help from your Lancaster, CA dentist at Golden Dental.

Reasons to Avoid Diet Soda

  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay begins with the acids and sugars in certain foods or drinks feeding the natural bacteria which live in the mouth. When this happens, the bacteria forms plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar are the first signs of tooth decay and gum disease, both of which lead to tooth loss and other complications. Soda, both diet and regular, is full of these acids and sugars and create a perfect storm for your mouth’s natural bacteria.
  • Disease: Just because a diet soda says there is no sugar inside does not make it safe to drink. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners like aspartame used in diet sodas are linked to diseases like diabetes and obesity and have the same effect on your blood sugar as actual sugar.
  • Weight Gain: Weight gain comes with a slew of its own medical problems. Staying fit and active is a crucial part of staying healthy. However, diet soda has been linked to more cases of diabetes than regular soda. You do not avoid soda’s affect on your weight by drinking diet soda.

What can I do to avoid the effects of diet soda on my teeth? 
The best way to avoid the effects of diet soda is to eliminate it from your diet altogether. While drinking diet soda may be a difficult habit to break, cutting it out of your diet has many health benefits. In addition to being bad for your teeth, the acids in diet soda also affect your digestive system and cause weight gain. If you do drink a diet soda, rinse it down with a glass of water afterward. This limits the time that the acids in soda are in contact with your teeth and decreases the chance of soda-related tooth decay.

If you are worried about the effects that soda has had on your teeth, please contact Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your appointment today!

By Golden Dental
June 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”

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