Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Dentures Aftercare

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on January 20, 2020

A set of dentures soaking overnightIf you’re missing most or all of your teeth, you would benefit greatly from getting dentures. These sets of false teeth can restore your ability to bite, chew, and smile. Thanks to modern materials and craftsmanship, dentures are even more effective now that they were in the past. Dr. Stephen C. Dowell and Dr. Byron Rossi have helped countless patients in and around Minerva, Carrollton, and Dover, OH with full and partial dentures.

For the best outcomes with dentures, it’s important that patients clean and care for them properly. Let’s offer some advice on proper denture aftercare. This includes tips on cleaning your denture as well as proper oral hygiene if you’re missing teeth.

Diet After Getting New Dentures

Let’s start at the beginning. You’ve just gotten a set of dentures and you’re getting used to how they feel in your mouth.

Since it can take a little time getting used to the feel of dentures, consider modifying your diet at first. Start by eating soft foods that only require some light chewing. As the weeks progress, incorporate more solid foods back into your diet.

Don’t rush back into solids. You may find that certain hard foods give you trouble and may require different preparation so you can eat comfortably.

Advice for Managing Denture Discomfort

Your gums might feel raw or sore as you’re getting used to a denture. This is a natural issue for many patients. Usually this discomfort is mitigated by adjusting your diet in the first month or so after getting a dental appliance.

If you continue to experience soreness and discomfort of the gums after several weeks, be sure to speak with us. We may be able to adjust the fit of your denture so it doesn’t leave your gums feeling so sore.

How to Clean Your Denture

Cleaning a denture is easy. Remove the denture and polish it using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive gel toothpaste. Brush your denture at least twice a day to keep it clean and fresh. To help remove tiny food particles and avoid bad odors, you can also use a denture cleanser.

Oral Hygiene for the Rest of your Mouth

Cleaning your denture isn’t your only oral hygiene concern. You should also clean your gums, tongue, palate, and any remaining teeth. A soft-bristled toothbrush, tongue scraper, and antibacterial mouthwash can all work wonders in improving the health and condition of your mouth.

Soaking Your Denture at Night

Be sure to take your dentures out at night while you sleep. To prevent your denture from warping, soak it overnight in a glass of clean water. Some denture cleansers are designed to be used overnight, which will help keep your dentures clean and fresh.

Attend Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings

Be sure to see us every six months for regular cleanings and exams. We can check on the condition of your denture and gum tissue, making adjustments as needed. If your denture is fractured in some way, we can make repairs or craft a new denture as a replacement.

Contact Dowell Dental Group

To learn more about dentures and how to improve your dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. We have four locations. You can reach our office in Carrollton by calling (330) 627-5005, our office in Dover by calling (330) 364-1414, and our two offices in by calling Minerva (330) 868-5001 or (330) 868-5080.

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We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. Dr. Dowell is available around the clock to help in the event of an emergency. Please call our main line for more information.

Dowell Dental Group


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