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My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Having Trouble Keeping Your Dentures In Place? Understanding Denture Adhesives

by Violet Jensen

It is quite common for people who wear dentures to use some type of adhesive to keep them in place at some point. When you are first fitted with your false teeth, the gums and bones may not have settled from having your own teeth removed. Your dentures will fit snuggly at first, but as the swelling goes down they may feel loose. Biting into things may cause the dentures to fall out of place. Until you can get to the denturist and have them adjusted, you will need to use an adhesive. There are a few options for adhesives, each has advantages and disadvantages.

Cream Adhesive

Creams are the most commonly used denture adhesive. The main reason people prefer creams is their ability to form a tight bond that will not allow for small bits of food to get under the denture and cause pain. Those who do not prefer creams usually state it is due to the taste. While you can get creams in a wide assortment of flavors, some is going to be pushed out the side and can mingle with food flavors during chewing.

Powder Adhesive

Powder adhesives provide a strong bond without the mess of creams. People find there is no flavor issue when using powders. However, in order to get the complete coverage needed to keep tiny food particles from slipping under the denture, the powder must be applied in a thicker layer. This can lead to the dentures not feeling right in your mouth.

Adhesive Liners

Liners are soft, cotton cushions that fit into the underside of your dentures. They hold your dentures in place for up to 24 hours. Some liners can be worn for up to a week at a time. There is no mess of creams, no worry about needing too much powder, and no taste. However, the cushions tend to be a bit thick and lift the dentures in your mouth, making them feel out of place.

Some people find they do not need an adhesive at all. A few suggest chewing gum the first few weeks you have new dentures to become accustomed to holding your new teeth in place. With enough practice, you can become quite good at it for most situations. However, without some type of adhesive, you will not be able to bite into an apple or ear of corn without your teeth falling. It is entirely up to you whether you use adhesives or not. You can always try going without and only using adhesives for those times you do not want to have to worry about your dentures falling.

For any additional questions, consult with professionals, such as those from Village Green Denture Clinic.

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